In January of 1973, G. Gordon Liddy and James W. McCord, Jr. were convicted on charges of burglary and wiretapping of the offices of the Democratic National Committee in the “Watergate break-in” case, Judge John J. Sirica, District Judge for the District of Columbia presiding. Ultimately, the facts of and surrounding this case brought down a President. The records of the case have been sealed by court order since the 1970’s. On November 2, 2012, in this Order: https://ecf.dcd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/show_public_doc?2012mc0074-12, Judge Royce C. Lamberth, District Judge for the District of Columbia, at the request of Luke Nichter, a professor at Texas A&M University-Central Texas, ordered the unsealing of the bulk of those records, excepting only presentence reports relating to individuals, documents regarding illegally obtained wiretaps and grand jury information. Accordingly, the National Archives has released 36 folders of documents totaling approximately 950 pages. A list of the materials NARA has released can be found on its website here: http://www.archives.gov/research/investigations/watergate/us-v-liddy.html .
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