WATERGATE: Paying for Serving Richard Nixon

A stony-faced Federal Judge John J. Sirica brushed aside all pleas for leniency last week and sentenced the three principal figures in the Watergate conspiracy to at least 2% years in prison. Former Attorney General John Mitchell's face went from pale to a pinkish flush, then pale again, as the grim news hit him. Former Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman scowled in anger. Former Domestic Affairs Adviser John Ehrlichman, his cheeks sunken, looked devastated.

In the tense 54-minute proceedings in Sirica's Washington courtroom, a lighter sentence of ten months to three years went...

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