The Law: An End to Kindness

Former Attorney General Richard Kleindienst, 51, is feisty, charming and —as Watergate defendants go—lucky. Although he apparently committed perjury before a Senate committee when he denied that presidential pressure was brought to bear on him in his handling of the ITT antitrust case (the White House tapes later revealed that Richard Nixon had told him to "stay the hell out of it ... leave the goddamned thing alone"), Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski permitted him to plead guilty to the lesser charge of refusing to testify. Then Federal Judge George L. Hart Jr. gave him a one-month suspended sentence because his...

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