The country faced a Constitutional crisis during Watergate. He stood firm for the rule of law.
As the chief judge of the federal court in Washington D.C. in 1972, John J. Sirica took on the trial of burglars arrested while planting electronic bugs in the Democratic headquarters in the Watergate complex. Who had sent them? The defendants weren’t saying and President Nixon disavowed any knowledge of the matter.
Sirica came to the law as the son of an Italian immigrant who lived a hardscrabble life. From these roots, he fought as a boxer while simultaneously going to law school. Practicing law in D.C., he defended criminals and prosecuted them, too.
No Person Above the Law describes how he was determined to see the truth come out during the Watergate scandal, even going toe-to-toe with the president to order the release of secret tapes. Named Time Man of the Year, he held high the central promise of the U.S. Constitution: no person is above the law.
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Table of Contents
Prologue: A Moment in Time, 1973
Part One: Johnny Sirica Fights His Way into the Law
Chapter One: A Hardscrabble Life
Chapter Two: A Rocky Road
Chapter Three: The Ropes
Chapter Four: A Start
Chapter Five: An Italian Fellowship
Chapter Six: A Friend for Life
Chapter Seven: A Whitewash
Chapter Eight: The White-Collar Law
Chapter Nine: A Black Robe
Part Two: Judge John J. Sirica Encounters Watergate
Chapter Ten: A Summer’s Day in 1972
Chapter Eleven: A Burglary Trial
Chapter Twelve: A Letter to the Judge
Chapter Thirteen: An Unraveling
Chapter Fourteen: The Tapes
Chapter Fifteen: A Higher Power
Chapter Sixteen: Shifting Waters
Chapter Seventeen: The Expanding Scope
Chapter Eighteen: The Work of the Court
Conclusion: The Meaning of Justice
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