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The real Watergate scandal : collusion, conspiracy, and the plot that brought Nixon down
Washington, DC : Regnery Publishing, 2015.
Physical Description:
xxvii, 354 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Part I: A basic Watergate background. Identifying the real wrongdoing ; Understanding Watergate ; What went wrong -- Part II: Collusion. The secret meetings between judges and Watergate prosecutors -- Part III: Getting Nixon "at all cost". Staffing the Nixon impeachment -- Part IV: Denying due process to the Watergate defendants. A fair and impartial trial judge ; Evenhanded, nonpartisan prosecutors ; An untainted and unbiased jury ; The automatic right to an appeal -- Part V: The view from here. So what?
"Research has uncovered shocking violations of ethical and legal standards by the "good guys"--including Judge John Sirica, Archibald Cox, and Leon Jaworski. Documents that the Watergate Special Prosecution Force was an avenging army drawn from the ranks of Nixon's most partisan foes. They had the good fortune to work with judges who shared their animus... Shows that the "smoking gun" conversation, which he himself was the first to transcribe, was taken out of context and completely misunderstood ... Crimes were committed, and an attempt was made to cover them up. But by trampling on the defendants' right to due process...denied the American people the assurance that justice was done."-- from jacket.


Call Number
973.924 SHEPARD

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An aging judge about to step down. Aggressive prosecutors friendly with the judge. A disgraced president. A nation that had already made up its mind. The Watergate trials were a legal mess--and now, with the discovery of new documents that reveal shocking misconduct by prosecutors and judges alike, former Nixon staffer Geoff Shepard has a convincing case that the wrongdoing of these history-making trials was actually a bigger scandal than the Watergate scandal itself.

Author Notes

Geoff Shepard is an American lawyer, author, and lecturer. He is best known for his work on the Nixon White House staff and his subsequent efforts to document policy initiatives of the Nixon administration--and to present an alternative view of the Watergate scandal that drove President Nixon from office. Shepard lives with his wife, Saundra, in Philadelphia, PA.

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Booklist Review

Shepard was a young White House staffer in the Nixon administration when the smoking gun tape was revealed, implicating the president in the Watergate scandal. In this follow-up to The Secret Plot to Make Ted Kennedy President (2008), which detailed how political opposition was used to drive Nixon from office, Shepard charges federal judges and prosecutors with deliberately misusing the law to topple the president. Arguing that the tapes were misinterpreted, Shepard draws on documents from the National Archives to imply that Judge John Sirica and special prosecutors Archibald Cox and Leon Jaworski were part of a political opposition so set on unseating Nixon that they subverted the law. Shepard charges the judge and prosecutors with meeting secretly to strategize how best to remove Nixon from office. Shepard, who has been active in preserving and publicizing the policy legacy of the Nixon administration, argues that had Nixon not been driven from office, he would have been recognized as one of the nation's greatest presidents.--Bush, Vanessa Copyright 2015 Booklist

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Part I A Basic Watergate Background
Chapter 1 Identifying the Real Wrongdoingp. 1
Chapter 2 Understanding Watergatep. 9
Chapter 3 What Went Wrongp. 27
Part II Collusion
Chapter 4 The Secret Meetings between Judges and Watergate Prosecutorsp. 49
Part III Getting Nikon "At All Cost"
Chapter 5 Staffing the Nixon Impeachmentp. 67
Part IV Denying Due Process to the Watergate Defendants
Chapter 6 A Fair and Impartial Trial Judgep. 103
Chapter 7 Evenhanded, Nonpartisan Prosecutorsp. 141
Chapter 8 An Untainted and Unbiased Juryp. 183
Chapter 9 The Automatic Right to an Appealp. 199
Part V The View from Here
Chapter 10 So What?p. 231
List of Appendixesp. 243
Acknowledgmentsp. 317
Notesp. 319
Annotated Bibliographyp. 335
Indexp. 347