Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Watergate Question

With all the hype about Deep Throat, a reader e-mailed me a great question about Watergate --

Less than a month after Butterfield revealed the existence of the taping system, the prosecutors subpoenaed the tapes. But knowing that the court would never sanction a fishing expedition into thousands of hours of tapes, the prosecutors requested an incredibly detailed list of very specific dates and times (e.g. on such and such a date and time a conversation with so and so, 10 minutes, 15 seconds into the conversation a segment lasting 6 minutes and 31 seconds).

How did the prosecutors know the exact dates, times and segment lengths of the specific tapes to subpoena?


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