Kleindienst indicted on perjury charges
Phoenix, Ariz. — Former US Attorney General Richard Kleindienst, who resigned at the height of the Watergate scandal, was indicted on 14 counts of perjury for statements he made to a bar association committee investigating his dealings with a convicted racketeer. Mr. Kleindienst, one of former President Richard Nixon's chief law-enforcement officials, could be sentenced to up to 14 years in prison on each of 14 felony counts handed down by a Maricopa County grand jury.
In 1974, Kleindienst became the first US attorney general to plead guilty to criminal charges, for giving false testimony to a Senate committee investigating an International Telephone & Telegraph payoff scandal. He was sentenced to one month's suspended pr obation.