A Fateful Trial Closes a Sorry Chapter

A former Attorney General of the U.S.: guilty. One of his top assistants: guilty. A President's once powerful chief of staff: guilty. The same President's highest adviser on domestic affairs: guilty. In effect and in absentia, the disgraced and deposed President himself: guilty.

By the time the results of the Watergate conspiracy trial interrupted the escapist football reveries of a scandal-weary public on New Year's Day, the essential details of the nation's worst siege of politically motivated criminality had long been distressingly familiar. Yet the...

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