Judge Thwarts Nixon Move

Associated Press

A federal judge today dealt a blow to former President Richard M. Nixon's attempt to block plans by the National Archives to release 1.5 million Watergate documents this spring.

U.S. District Judge George H. Revercomb ruled that the Archives, which has custody of all 42 million pages of Nixon's presidential papers and 8,000 hours of tape recordings, is not automatically bound to honor Nixon's claims of executive privilege against the release of documents.

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