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Watergate Case #22773

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jan 10, 1973
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(Studio) Watergate case begins. 1 of 7 accused pleads guilty.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) Jury consists of 8 women and 4 men. Prosecutor Earl Silbert says 7 defendants led by G. Gordon Liddy. Silbert says last December 2 of Liddy's bosses assigned him to find out about any demonstrations planned against Nixon campaign or Republican convention. Liddy given $235,000 for assignment. Silbert says 7 hired Utah student named Tom Gregory to spy on Senator Muskie headquarters, which he did. Defendants attempted to bug Senator McGovern's headquarters but failed. Defendant James McCord got to Frank Mankiewicz's office, but didn't get to plant bug. Defendants did bug Watergate building, Democrat headquarters, and listened from Howard Johnson's hotel across street. 2 defense attys., include Henry Rothblatt, says defendants only following orders they thought came from higher authorities. E. Howard Hunt pleads guilty. Judge Sirica says will consider motion to change plea.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

Donaldson, Sam;
Smith, Howard K.

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