ISSUES: Struggle for Nixon's Tapes

At exactly 9:40 a.m., the opposing teams of lawyers entered the ornate, high-ceilinged federal courtroom and took up their positions at neighboring walnut tables. On one side sat six lawyers for President Richard Nixon, headed by University of Texas Professor Charles Alan Wright; on the other, the special Watergate prosecutor, Harvard Law Professor Archibald Cox, and three assistants. For 20 minutes they sat waiting in their blue leather chairs. Wright adjusted his tweed vest. Cox toyed with his half-moon spectacles. Finally, at 10, to the bailiff's ceremonial cry of "God save the...

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