Law: Richard Nixon's Tangled Web

The former President is snarled in costly lawsuits

Though Richard Nixon was never prosecuted for conspiracy or for obstruction of justice, thanks to his pardon from Gerald Ford, he has had a full share of legal problems to cope with. Since leaving office, he has been named defendant or sought as witness in 50 lawsuits—with no end in sight.

When a case involves Nixon's acts as President, the Justice Department is responsible for defending him, or paying private attorneys to do so. In either event, the taxpayer foots the bill. But in other civil cases, Nixon must fend...

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