The Law: Legal Briefs

WATERGATE LEAK. In the 19th century U.S. Supreme Court Justices talked openly about impending decisions, but in recent years the court has shrouded its decision-making process with an almost impenetrable secrecy. The purpose, its members say, is to encourage a frank and free interchange of ideas. Even staff members are barred from the Justices' conferences. So there was considerable embarrassment inside the pillared courthouse after National Public Radio Correspondent Nina Totenberg, 33, revealed that the court had tentatively decided, 5 to 3, to reject Watergate cover-up-conviction petitions filed by John Ehrlichman, H.R....

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