JUSTICE: The Legal Legacy of Watergate

The new President was earnestly in action, the former President departed, and a Watergate-weary nation was eager to turn the scandal over to the historians. But one of Watergate's lessons was that the U.S. legal processes, once activated, cannot be turned on and off with a twist of a judicial wrist. Already it was apparent last week that Citizen Nixon was enmeshed in criminal litigation and that the nation still faces an unwanted decision on what legal toll should yet be exacted of its deposed leader.

Richard Nixon's forced removal from office was...

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