The Nation: The Making of a Tough Judge

John Sirica does not readily fit the heroic mold. He speaks softly and in inelegant phrases studded with "Ya know what I mean" and "You know me." The judicial sternness of his photographs gives way in person to an unpretentious openness, conveying his wonder at all the attention he is receiving. Belying his tough-guy reputation, Sirica (pronounced Suh-rick-uh) has been known to get butterflies in his stomach when he has peeked into his courtroom and seen it jammed for a Watergate-related hearing. He carefully writes down and reads most pronouncements from the bench,...

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