One in every of Richard Nixon’s protection legal professionals claimed lately that Difficult Dick didn’t obtain due course of as a result of “the prosecutors cheated.”
Now Geoff Shepard, 76, has filed an official complaint of lawyer misconduct with the federal Division of Justice towards Watergate prosecutors — 47 years after the very fact.
He revealed the Oct. 2 submitting this week. Amongst its expenses: prosecutors improperly met privately with Watergate trial judges, even “rehearsing” courtroom proceedings forward of time; suppressed exculpatory proof; and even lied to the grand jury.
And after they had been accomplished, Shepard, the creator of “The Nixon Conspiracy,” claimed they “wrongfully” took confidential recordsdata, in violation of DOJ coverage.
Over time, between Freedom of Data Act requests and archival visits, he’s “uncovered piles of documents that are very damning,” he claimed. All are posted on his website.
Shepard has requested a gathering with DOJ officers, the place he hopes to personally current what he’s discovered.
“If the Department of Justice hears me out, lets me make this presentation — I think they are duty-bound to go into court and say they can’t stand behind these convictions,” he mentioned. “I don’t care if they discipline these lawyers. But lots of these lawyers are still alive.”
The 1972 housebreaking of the Democratic Nationwide Committee’s places of work on the Watergate Workplace Constructing — licensed and subsequently lined up by senior Nixon aides — set off the enormous political scandal.
Dozens had been convicted, together with the 5 burglars and Nixon’s chief of workers and counsel.
Nixon — who denied information of the break-in and was by no means charged — resigned in 1974 moderately than face an impeachment trial within the Senate.
“And what’s so interesting is they left a paper trail, so there’s no doubt what they were doing,” mentioned Shephard, who was personally cleared by the Watergate Particular Prosecution Pressure. “You can’t make those documents go away.”