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John J. Sirica
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Judge
    (March 19, 1904-August 14, 1992)
    Born in Waterbury, Connecticut
    Served on the US District Court for Washington, DC (1957-86)
    Chief Judge of the District Court (1971-74)
    Presided over the Watergate burglary trial
    As a lawyer he lost the first 13 felony cases he was assigned.
    During an argument at the prosecutors' office, he punched a vice squad cop.
    He was appointed to the District Court as a political favor.
    Lawyers who argued before him complained of his short temper and frequent legal errors.
    His decisions were reversed on appeal more often than those of other judges.
    During the Watergate trials, many observers said that he acted more like a prosecutor than a judge.
    As Chief Judge of the District Court, he could have assigned the Watergate case to one of 14 other judges, but took the case himself because he felt there would be no charges of partisanship if a Republican judge heard the case.
    He told the defendants, 'Don't pull any punches – you give me straight answers.'
    When he accused the Watergate burglars of not telling him the truth, he was right.
    By putting pressure on the defendants, he exposed the Nixon White House's abuse of power.
    His order for Nixon to produce tape recordings being sought as evidence by the Watergate special prosecutor was upheld unanimously by the Supreme Court.

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