TRIALS: Their Own Best Witnesses

Both of the celebrated defendants had gambled that they could pull it off. Instead of remaining silent, as was their right, they would testify in their own behalf—and risk being shaken by the tough cross-examinations that were bound to follow. Last week, when their long hours of testimony were over, John Mitchell, 60, the former U.S. Attorney General, and Maurice Stans, 66, the former Secretary of Commerce, had in a measure won their gamble-though not necessarily their cases. They had indeed been their own best witnesses against the Government's charges that they had...

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