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Why was the Supreme Court Case "U.S. vs. Nixon" important in defining the powers of the...

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darcyelijah | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted October 25, 2010 at 12:34 PM via web

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Why was the Supreme Court Case "U.S. vs. Nixon" important in defining the powers of the branches of government?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 25, 2010 at 12:48 PM (Answer #1)

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This case was important because it did much to define the power of the president to claim executive privilege.  The Court rejected Nixon's expansive claim of executive privilege in this case.  It ruled that the president is not immune from having to comply with orders from courts.

In this case, Nixon had been ordered to turn over tapes that he had made of conversations regarding the Watergate investigation.  He refused, saying the president was immune from having to comply with such orders.  The Court ruled unanimously that he was not immune.

This did a great deal to establish the idea that the president is required to obey orders from the courts just like everyone else.

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mmerza | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 25, 2010 at 12:47 PM (Answer #2)

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the supreme court case "U.S. vs. Nixon" limited the power of the president after the watergate scandal happened. the president cannot use executive privilege as an excuse to withhold evidence that is 'demonstrably relevant in a criminal trial.'

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