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Constitutional Law Keyed to Maggs
United States v. Nixon
Citation:418 U.S. 683 (1974)
On March 1, 1974, a grand jury of the United States District Court of the District of Columbia returned an indictment charging seven named individuals with various offenses, including conspiracy to defraud the United States and to obstruct justice. Though he was not designated as such in the indictment, the grand jury named the President as an unindicted co-conspirator. Upon the court’s order, the subpoena required the production of certain tapes, memoranda, papers, transcripts or other writings relating to certain precisely identified meetings between the President and others. The President’s counsel argued that the court lacked jurisdiction to issue the subpoena because the matter was an intra-branch dispute between a subordinate and superior officer of the Executive Branch and hence not subject to judicial resolution.
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