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Judge Orders Nixon Testimony Unsealed

WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) — The transcript of grand jury testimony former U.S. President Richard Nixon gave shortly after his resignation should be unsealed, a federal judge ruled Friday.

U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth ordered the release of the transcript at the request of a historian and academic groups, The Washington Post reported. They filed a lawsuit arguing public interest in the history of the Watergate scandal outweighs interest in preserving the secrecy of grand jury proceedings almost 40 years old.

“The special circumstances presented here — namely, undisputed historical interest in the requested records — far outweigh the need to maintain the secrecy of the records,” Lamberth said. “The court is confident that disclosure will greatly benefit the public and its understanding of Watergate without compromising the tradition and objectives of grand jury secrecy.”

Nixon gave his testimony in 1975 in California. He resigned in 1974 under threat of impeachment, two years after burglars working for his 1972 re-election campaign were arrested in a break-in at the Democratic National Committee office in the Watergate.

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    For those who don’t know me, I am trying to be as honest and straightforward as I can. If it’s this easy to unseal the grand jury testimony of RMN after a paltry 40 years or so [at the request of a 'librarian and academic groups'], then there’s NO good reason why the papers of another prez [FDR] can’t be opened and be made PUBLIC information.
    Fair is fair. We’re all the same (right?). Special treatment is to avoided (right?). Now, is a typical double standard being used, or we will FINALLY be able to see what FDR’ ‘backers’ have feared for so many decades? So what has the old (dead) boy been hiding? Why? WWII was over in 1945.
    Knowing RMN’s secret testimony will make this a better world (right?). Then, to use the SAME STANDARD, FREE up FDR’s records. Come on, people.
    If RMN’s testimony is about to be be revealed, then it’s time for FDR and his backers to live in the same world and abide by the SAME STANDARDS.
    Got any integrity, America’s public interest groups, lawyers and concerned citizens?

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