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United States v. Nixon

Significance, Nixon Fights The Subpoena, Nixon Order To Release, Presidential Succession, Further Readings


United States


Richard M. Nixon, President of the United States

Appellant's Claim

That the president had to obey a subpoena ordering him to turn over tape recordings and documents relating to his conversations with aides and advisers concerning the Watergate break-in.

Chief Lawyers for Appellant

Leon Jaworski, Philip A. Lacovara

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

James D. St. Clair

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Warren E. Burger (writing for the Court), William O. Douglas, Thurgood Marshall, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., Potter Stewart, Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting

None (William H. Rehnquist did not participate)


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

24 July 1974


President was ordered to turn over the tapes and other documents to the prosecutors.

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  • United States v. Mitchell, 386 U.S. 972 (1967).
  • United States v. United Stated District Court, 407 U.S. 297 (1972).
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Additional topics

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