Nixon defense attorney Geoff Shepard says Watergate prosecutors ‘cheated’
One of Richard Nixon’s defense attorneys recently claimed that Tricky Dick was denied due process because “prosecutors cheated.”
Now Geoff Shepard, 76, has filed a formal malpractice complaint with the Federal Department of Justice against Watergate prosecutors – 47 years after the fact.
He revealed the October 2 filing this week. Among his accusations: prosecutors inappropriately met privately with the judges in the Watergate trial, even going so far as to “rehearse” court proceedings in advance; exculpatory evidence suppressed; and even lied to the grand jury.
And when they were done, Shepard, the author of “The Nixon Conspiracy,” claimed that they “wrongly” took confidential files, in violation of DOJ policy.
Over the years, between Freedom of Information Act requests and archive visits, he “discovered very damning piles of documents,” he said. All are posted on its website.
Shepard has requested a meeting with DOJ officials, where he hopes to personally present what he has found.
“If the Department of Justice is listening to me, allow me to make this presentation – I think they have a duty to go to court and say that they cannot support these convictions,” he said. -he declares. “I don’t care if they discipline these lawyers. But many of these lawyers are still alive.
The 1972 robbery of the Democratic National Committee’s offices at the Watergate Office Building – authorized and then covered up by senior Nixon officials – sparked the giant political scandal.
Dozens have been convicted, including the five burglars and Nixon’s chief of staff and attorney.
Nixon – who has denied knowing about the break-in and has never been charged – resigned in 1974 rather than face an impeachment trial in the Senate.
“And what’s so interesting is that they left a paper trail so there is no doubt what they were doing,” said Shephard, who has been personally cleared by the Watergate Special Prosecution. Strength. “You cannot make these documents disappear. “