January 8, 1973.
The trial of the Watergate burglars starts in federal Judge John Sirica's courtroom. Howard Hunt pleads guilty, the Cubans follow. G. Gordon Liddy and wireman James McCord risk trial.
The saga of this trial has never before been told in detail. It is shocking. Sirica was more prosecutor than judge.
Behind the scenes Nixon will deepen his role in Watergate by agreeing to grant clemency to Hunt if he pleads guilty.
New transcripts, released in 2012, add to the understanding of this pivotal trial.