The Law: A Verdict Against Richard Nixon

When Morton Halperin first went to court three years ago, he had no idea that he would eventually accomplish what no private citizen ever had—a successful suit for damages caused by the official acts of a U.S. President. But Halperin, then 35, a Yale-trained former staffer on the National Security Council, was furious at learning that the FBI had tapped his telephone. He filed suit against the half-dozen top officials whom he felt had to be held responsible. He even sued the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co. Last week Morton Halperin won a...

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