WATERGATE: Witness Richard Nixon is Excused

"All motions are denied. The trial will proceed."

The words were delivered crisply and without emotion by Federal Judge John J. Sirica. Yet they summed up a historic "memorandum opinion and order," which Sirica then passed out to the attorneys in the Watergate cover-up trial. The ruling meant that in all probability former President Richard Nixon may never have to face public questioning under oath about his role in the scandal.

The Sirica order quashed a subpoena served on Nixon by Defendant John Ehrlichman to testify at the trial. The judge also denied...

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