No Person Above the Law: A Novel Based on the Life of Judge John J. Sirica

No Person Above the Law: A Novel Based on the Life of Judge John J. Sirica

by Cynthia Cooper


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947431218
Publisher: Mentoris LLC
Publication date: 04/01/2019
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Cynthia Cooper is a playwright, journalist, and author. As a former practicing attorney, she often writes on topics of law and justice. Her plays have won several awards and have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Boston, Buffalo, Minneapolis, Reno, Montreal, Budapest, Jerusalem, and more, and have been published in sixteen volumes. She has authored or coauthored seven nonfiction books; one, Mockery of Justice, was made into a CBS-TV movie. She lives in New York City.

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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