Senator Sam Ervin: "Well, then, justice as administered by the Department of Justice is not blind."

Assistant Attorney General Henry E. Petersen: "I hope justice is not blind, Senator. I do not apply it blindly."

In that revealing exchange, the chief of the Justice Department's criminal division inadvertently conceded the North Carolina Democrat's point last week.

Ervin's questions at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing suggested that investigators headed by Petersen could have solved the Watergate case two years ago, if they had not shown undue deference to top White House and political associates...

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