The Nation: 30 Days for Lying

Standing before U.S. District Judge William Bryant in Washington last week, Watergate Defendant Herbert Porter, 36, made a solemn promise: "1 am absolutely positive in my heart, down to my toes, that I will never get into trouble again." The judge presumably believed him. Porter received the lightest sentence handed out to a Watergate conspirator: 30 days in jail. But then, Porter had participated in only a minor way in the Watergate coverup.

When questioned about the disposition of $31,000 in campaign funds, he told the FBI that it had been paid to conservative...

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