The Nation: The Crack in Ehrlichman's Stonewall

For John Ehrlichman, it was a hang-tough defense all the way. On trial in federal court in Washington for authorizing the burglary of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist's office in September 1971 and then lying about his participation, Ehrlichman conceded nothing. Not only did he deny approving the break-in but he claimed that he did not even know about it until after it happened. Yet the weight of evidence—many memos and recalled conversations—counted against him. Last week, after a little more than three hours' deliberation, the jury found him guilty of conspiracy and three counts...

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