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United States v. Nixon
Citation:418 U.S. 683 (1974)
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A grand jury of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia indicted several individuals, and named President Nixon as an unindicted coconspirator. The District Court issued a subpoena duces tecum to President Nixon requiring him to produce certain records, upon the motion of a Special Prosecutor. President Nixon filed a motion to quash the subpoena on privilege grounds. The District Court denied the motion, and the President appealed that decision. The Supreme Court granted review.
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