TRIALS: Mitchell and Stans: Not Guilty

Each of the defendants stood charged with one count of conspiracy, two of obstructing justice and six of committing perjury. The trial took ten weeks and after deliberating 27 hours, the jurors sent word to Federal Judge Lee P. Gagliardi that they had reached a verdict. What it was was clear almost at once: the first two jurors to enter the tense Manhattan courtroom looked directly at former U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell and smiled.

"Madam Forelady, has the jury reached its verdict?" asked the clerk. It had, replied Sybil Kucharski, dressed in...