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Judge John Joseph Sirica (March 19, 1904August 14, 1992) was the Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. He was nicknamed Maximum John for his habit of giving defendants the maximum sentence guidelines allowed. Picture of John Sirica This work is copyrighted. ... March 19 is the 78th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (79th in leap years). ... 1904 is a leap year starting on a Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... August 14 is the 226th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (227th in leap years), with 139 days remaining. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... The United States district courts are the general trial courts of the United States federal court system. ... ...


He rose to national prominence during the Watergate scandal when he demanded that President Richard Nixon turn over his recordings of White House conversations. Sirica's involvement in the scandal began when he presided over the trial of the Watergate burglars. He did not believe the claim that they had acted alone, and persuaded James McCord to implicate the men who had arranged the break-in. For his role in Watergate the judge was named TIME magazine's Man of the Year in 1973. The Watergate Complex (now the Watergate Hotel) as depicted in Government Exhibit 1. ... Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974. ... The southern side of the White House The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States of America. ... James W. McCord, Jr. ... A watch Attempting to understand Time has long been a prime occupation for philosophers, scientists and artists. ... Person of the Year is an annual issue of U.S. newsmagazine TIME that features a profile ostensibly on the man, woman, couple, group, idea, place, or machine that for better or worse, has most influenced events in the preceding year. ...


Sirica was born in Waterbury, Connecticut. He went to law school at Georgetown University. He was a Republican and was appointed to the Court in 1957 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. He retired in 1986 and died in 1992. Sirica published his account of the Watergate affair in 1979 under the title To Set the Record Straight. Waterbury is a city located in New Haven County, Connecticut. ... State nickname: The Constitution State Official languages English Capital Hartford Largest city Bridgeport Governor M. Jodi Rell (R) Senators Chris Dodd (D) Joe Lieberman (D) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 48th 14,371 km² 12. ... Not to be confused with the University of Georgetown in Georgetown, Guyana or Georgetown College in Georgetown, KY. Georgetown University is a private university in the United States. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Dwight David Ike Eisenhower (October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969) was an American soldier and politician. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


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John Sirica - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (221 words)
Judge John Joseph Sirica (March 19, 1904 – August 14, 1992) was the Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
Sirica's involvement in the scandal began when he presided over the trial of the Watergate burglars.
Sirica published his account of the Watergate affair in 1979 under the title To Set the Record Straight.
NIAF MileStones (549 words)
Sirica, the son of an immigrant barber from Naples, who was raised in poverty in several eastern cities, supported himself by boxing while earning a law degree from Georgetown University in 1926.
Sirica's activity in Republican Party affairs was the background to his appointment first as an assistant United States Attorney, and then to the federal district court by President Eisenhower in 1957.
Sirica demonstrated his mettle when he made the significant ruling that the Nixon Administration was obliged to deliver evidence to the grand jury, including tape recordings -a decision upheld by the United States Court of Appeal.
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