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Chesterfield Smith, America's Lawyer$
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Mary E. Adkins

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813066660

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813066660.001.0001

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No Man Is above the Law

No Man Is above the Law

(p.1) 1 No Man Is above the Law
Chesterfield Smith, America's Lawyer

Mary E. Adkins

University Press of Florida

President Richard Nixon, hounded by Watergate-related pressures, reacted by trying to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox, who was leading the Watergate investigation. That attempt resulted in not only Cox’s firing but also in the resignation of the attorney general and deputy attorney general. Chesterfield Smith, American Bar Association (ABA)president, quickly issued a statement condemning the action and declaring that no man, not even the president, was above the law. His was one of the first “establishment” voices to condemn the president’s acts; many in the ABA condemned Smith rather than Nixon. Smith found himself a national figure and, to some, a hero.

Keywords:   Chesterfield Smith, Richard Nixon, Watergate, Archibald Cox

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