The Law: The Cover-Up Prosecutor

James Neal is "the most vicious prosecutor who ever lived." Neal earned that vitriolic encomium from Teamster Boss Jimmy Hoffa when he led the Justice Department's effort to convict Hoffa. Now, ten years after Hoffa was found guilty of jury tampering, Neal is the chief trial prosecutor in the Watergate cover-up case. He still treasures the Hoffa remark, but as he prepared to open the Government's case this week, he observed: "I've mellowed a lot since then." A colleague of Neal's agrees —sort of: "He has mellowed a lot. But even mellowed, he's...

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