Luke Nichter Of Texas Seeks Release Of Original Documents To Explain 1972 Watergate Burglary

11:45 PM, Feb 7, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) - A Texas history professor is asking a judge in Washington for access to long-sealed court records that may help explain the motivation behind the Watergate break-in.

Texas A&M professor Luke Nichter is seeking the release of potentially hundreds of pages of documents, and a judge on Tuesday gave the government a month to object.

Nichter says he wants to unseal court records that were part of the case against the seven men involved in the 1972 burglary in Washington. Nichter says the original reason for sealing the documents was they were seen as unnecessary to proving the group was responsible for the break-in at the Democratic National Committee's headquarters.

But Nichter says it's time to unseal the documents. They may explain a lingering mystery about the motivation behind the burglary.

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