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Leon Jaworski
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Attorney
    (September 19, 1905-December 9, 1982)
    Born in Waco, Texas
    Partner in the firm Fulbright and Jaworski
    President of the American Bar Association (1971-72)
    Followed Archibald Cox as Watergate special prosecutor (November 1, 1973-October 25, 1974)
    He got his start defending bootleggers during Prohibition.
    He court martialed 43 African American soldiers for allegedly participating in a riot and the lynching of an Italian POW, producing 28 convictions (1944). Six decades later, the US Army Board for Correction of Military Records ruled that Jaworski had committed 'egregious errors' -- particularly, withholding from defense attorneys the results of a preliminary investigation by General Elliot Cooke that cast significant doubt on the veracity of Jaworski's main witnesses -- and ordered the convictions overturned (2005).
    Staffers had to convince him not to wear cowboy boots while arguing before the Supreme Court.
    He never entered a courtroom after 1974, commenting, 'You just don't argue another case after you've argued the United States versus Nixon before the Supreme Court.'
    He graduated high school at age fifteen.
    At nineteen, he became the youngest person admitted to the Texas bar.
    He successfully argued before the Supreme Court that President Nixon was legally required to obey a subpoena and turn over 64 tapes of White House conversations relevant to the Watergate investigation.
    Apparently a believer in second chances, he assisted Watergate figure Egil Krogh when Krogh applied for reinstatement by the Washington state bar (1980).

Credit: C. Fishel


 
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