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Supreme Court / Watergate Cover-up Appeals Refused #252183

CBS Evening News for Monday, May 23, 1977
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(Studio) Supreme Court refuses to hear Watergate cover-up appeals of John Mitchell, John Ehrlichman and H.R. Haldeman.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Court gives no explanation for denial. Earlier leaked report said 3 justices wanted to hear cases and William Rehnquist had abstained, due to former close relations with Mitchell. Defense attys. claimed pre-trial publicity and failure to call Richard Nixon to testify prejudiced case and they'll ask court to reconsider. Is reported today that in next Nixon interview with David Frost, to be shown Wednesday, Nixon says Ehrlichman and Haldeman asked him to pardon all Watergate defs., but he refused because it would appear ultimate cover-up.
REPORTER: Fred Graham

(Studio) If Mitchell goes to jail, he'll be first of American's attys. general to do so. Only previous cabinet officer to serve time was Warren G. Harding's interior secretary, Albert B. Fall, convicted of accepting bribe in Teapot Dome scandal.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

Graham, Fred;
Mudd, Roger

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