A Political and Constitutional Review of United States V. Nixon

26 Pages Posted: 10 Dec 2011

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William W. Van Alstyne

Duke University School of Law; William & Mary Law School

Date Written: December 9, 1974


This comparison of United States v. Nixon and the Pentagon Papers case finds the greatest similarity and significance shared by the two cases was the anti-climactic nature of their conclusions. While both cases concerned constitutional questions of the highest order, centered around the scope of the executive power, both cases were drawn on such narrow grounds that there was hardly any effect on constitutional law doctrine.

Keywords: Nixon, Watergate, president, Pentagon Papers

Suggested Citation

Van Alstyne, William W. and Van Alstyne, William W., A Political and Constitutional Review of United States V. Nixon (December 9, 1974). UCLA Law Review, Vol. 22, No. 1, 1974, William & Mary Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 09-189, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1970289

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