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In re Petition of Stanley Kutler

Topic(s): Open Court Proceedings and Challenges to Protective Orders

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President Nixon was the first President ever to have testified before a grand jury. In this case, we represent historian Stanley Kutler and four associations of historians and archivists petitioning to unseal the transcript of President Nixon's grand jury testimony of June 23-24, 1975, and certain associated materials of the Watergate Special Prosecution Force. The petition is supported by 16 declarations, including declarations from former White House Counsel John Dean III, former Assistant Chief Counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee David Dorsen, former District of Columbia Editor of the Washington Post Barry Sussman, former assistant special prosecutor with the Watergate Special Prosecution Force Richard J. Davis, and several prominent historians. In a July 29, 2011 decision, the district court granted our petition and ordered the material unsealed.