Spiro Agnew
Vice-President Spiro Agnew - A persecution complex loomed large - but there were those pesky facts.

September 28, 1973 – Open Warfare Between Agnew And The Justice Department – Farewell To A Film Icon

Spiro Agnew

Vice-President Spiro Agnew – A persecution complex loomed large – but there were those pesky facts.

September 28, 1973 – NBC Nightly News – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

September 28, 1973 – Vice-President Spiro Agnew had declared open warfare on The Justice Department this day. Agnew’s lawyers moved in Baltimore to stop presentation of evidence about Agnew to a Grand Jury. Agnew’s lawyers said that using the Grand Jury in this way was unconstitutional and they added that The Justice Department was out to “get Agnew” by a deliberate campaign of leaks and publicity against him. The Justice Department responded, saying “these deplorable allegations are patently ridiculous”. Meanwhile, Agnew left for California to vacation at Frank Sinatra’s house in Palm Springs before delivering a speech declaring he was innocent and would fight to prove and he would not resign. At mid-afternoon a young Lawyer arrived at the Baltimore Courthouse to take the long expected “next step” in Mr. Agnew’s legal fight. He came to deliver a motion asking that the Grand Jury investigation of the vice-President be stopped and to prevent it from being given any more evidence which could lead to an indictment of Mr. Agnew on grounds that the Constitution forbade the vice-President from being indicted or tried in any criminal court. Agnew’s Lawyers also filed affidavits that news leaks had convinced them that personnel of The Justice Department had engaged in a steady campaign designed to deprive the vice-President of that basic right of a free man; the right to be judged fairly on the merits without prejudice. The Justice Department later responded that there was no basis for that charge. Shortly after, the lawyers met with Judge Hoffman in Norfolk Virginia. Hoffman was assigned to handle the Agnew case because all the Federal Judges in Maryland disqualified themselves. And things were only warmed up.

And thousands of mourners in Rome turned up for the funeral of legendary Italian Actress Anna Magnani who had lost her fight with Cancer earlier in the week and died at the age of 65. Magnani was buried in the family plot of director Roberto Rossellini, who brought her to fame with her first movie Open City.

And that’s just a sample of what went on this September 28, 1973 as presented by NBC Nightly News.


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