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The country faced a Constitutional crisis during the Watergate conspiracy. He stood firm to set the record straight. As the chief judge of the federal court in Washington D.C. in 1972, John J. Sirica took on the trial of burglars arrested while planting electronic bugs in the Democratic headquarters in the Watergate complex. Who had sent them? The defendants weren’t sayi The country faced a Constitutional crisis during the Watergate conspiracy. He stood firm to set the record straight. As the chief judge of the federal court in Washington D.C. in 1972, John J. Sirica took on the trial of burglars arrested while planting electronic bugs in the Democratic headquarters in the Watergate complex. Who had sent them? The defendants weren’t saying and President Nixon disavowed any knowledge of the conspirators. Sirica came to the law as the son of an Italian immigrant who lived a hardscrabble life. From these roots, he fought as a boxer while simultaneously going to law school. Practicing law in D.C., he defended criminals and prosecuted them, too. As a judge, he earned the nickname “Maximum John” for the maximum sentences he was apt to deliver. No Person Above the Law describes how Sirica was determined to see the truth come out during the Watergate scandal, even going toe-to-toe with the White House to order the release of secret tapes. Named Time Man of the Year, Judge Sirica held high the central promise of the U.S. Constitution: no person is above the law.


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The country faced a Constitutional crisis during the Watergate conspiracy. He stood firm to set the record straight. As the chief judge of the federal court in Washington D.C. in 1972, John J. Sirica took on the trial of burglars arrested while planting electronic bugs in the Democratic headquarters in the Watergate complex. Who had sent them? The defendants weren’t sayi The country faced a Constitutional crisis during the Watergate conspiracy. He stood firm to set the record straight. As the chief judge of the federal court in Washington D.C. in 1972, John J. Sirica took on the trial of burglars arrested while planting electronic bugs in the Democratic headquarters in the Watergate complex. Who had sent them? The defendants weren’t saying and President Nixon disavowed any knowledge of the conspirators. Sirica came to the law as the son of an Italian immigrant who lived a hardscrabble life. From these roots, he fought as a boxer while simultaneously going to law school. Practicing law in D.C., he defended criminals and prosecuted them, too. As a judge, he earned the nickname “Maximum John” for the maximum sentences he was apt to deliver. No Person Above the Law describes how Sirica was determined to see the truth come out during the Watergate scandal, even going toe-to-toe with the White House to order the release of secret tapes. Named Time Man of the Year, Judge Sirica held high the central promise of the U.S. Constitution: no person is above the law.

14 review for No Person Above the Law: Historical Italian Fiction Based on the Life of Judge John J. Sirica

  1. 5 out of 5

    GZ

    Really entertaining for a biography! I have to say, for a biography about a judge, this is quite entertaining. I've enjoyed how the book is structured more like a novel, and in a way I think the format enables you to be more engaged and immersed in the life of Sirica . . . And to understand his roots beyond his career. I would recommend this, and will look for other books in the series. Really entertaining for a biography! I have to say, for a biography about a judge, this is quite entertaining. I've enjoyed how the book is structured more like a novel, and in a way I think the format enables you to be more engaged and immersed in the life of Sirica . . . And to understand his roots beyond his career. I would recommend this, and will look for other books in the series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    I am not usually a reader of politics and history so this book was an unexpected pleasure. It seemed unusual to me that it was published as a novel based on the life of Judge John J. Sirica but I think this format contributed to the easy read. If you remember the Watergate era, you will enjoy this book. And if you are concerned about the current politicization of the judiciary, this book will give you hope.

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    Margie Kelly

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