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JOHN JOSEPH SIRICA

BORN: March 19, 1904

BIRTHPLACE: Waterbury, Conn.

DIED: Aug. 14, 1992

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: As chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Sirica rose to national prominence during the Watergate scandal when he demanded that President 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.

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