Mr Richard Nixon's three closest aides were sentenced to at least two and a half years in prison each for their role in the cover-up of the Watergate burglary...
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TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ 2): DEAN: "Regarding John Mitchell, the sentence that was handed down today, could well be, unless special arrangements are made, John Mitchell's death sentence. And I way that for this reason. I met many men in prison who felt that the one reason they in prison was that the former Attorney General had put them there and they said that we'll just wait until he gets here, we'll take care of him."
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Background: Mr Richard Nixon's three closest aides were sentenced to at least two and a half years in prison each for their role in the cover-up of the Watergate burglary... the scandal which forced the President from office.
The sentences were the stiffest handed down in any Watergate case with the exception of the six years eight months to 20 years imposed on G.Gordon Liddy who masterminded the burglary at the Watergate complex in Washington on June 17, 1972.
Judge John Sirica, who presided over the burglary and cover-up trials, sentenced former Attorney General John Mitchell, former White House Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman and former Domestic Affairs adviser John Ehrlichman after an hour long session.
All three told Judge Sirica they would appeal and they were released. Through the American legal system, the appeals process and other legal manoeuvres mean it could be months if not years before they enter prison.
After the sentencing John Dean the former Presidential aide who's testimony brought the case into the open spoke to newsmen about John Mitchell's future.