The Nation: Trials of the Watergate Jury

When 23 men and women were sworn in as grand jurors for the U.S. District Court in Washington on June 5, 1972, they anticipated a conventional two-to-three-month duty before lapsing into relative inactivity for the remainder of the 18-month term. Less than two weeks after the swearing-in, five men were arrested on charges of burglary and wiretapping at Watergate — and the grand jurors have been at the court's disposal ever since. Their 19-month tour of duty is already the longest in district court history, and no end is in sight.

Because wrestling with the riddles of Watergate means that the...

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