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Jaworski, Leon

Born: 1905 AD
Died: 1982 AD
Nationality: N/A
Categories: Lawyers

1905 – Born on the 19th of September in Waco, Texas of a polish father and an Austrian mother.

1920 – He graduated from high school at fifteen and went on to Baylor University, where he supplemented his scholarship by correcting papers for seventeen cents an hour.

1921 – At the age of sixteen, he was admitted to the Baylor University Law School.

1923 – At the age of eighteen, he graduated first in his class.

1924 – He became the youngest person admitted to the Texas bar in 1924.

         – He returned to Waco and began his law career representing bootleggers and moonshiners.

1929 – He lost a sensational case against a black client accused of murdering a white couple in this year.

         When lynching was still common in Texas, Jaworski’s defense gained him statewide attention and a position with the Houston firm of Fulbright, Cooker, Freeman and Bates.

1934 – By age twenty-nine, he became the full partner and the confidant of some of Texas’s most powerful and influential businessmen.

         Served as colonel in the army during World War II. He would be nicknamed Colonel by friends and subordinates.

         He became chief of the war crimes trial section of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

1946 – He returned to the United States and renewed his law practice in Houston, becoming a senior partner in the Fulbright firm.

1948 – He successfully defended Lyndon Johnson against vote-rigging charges following the congressional elections of this year.

1960 – He won another electoral case for Johnson this year.

1962-1965 – He worked for Archibald Cox and Robert Kennedy, pressing contempt charges against Mississippi governor Ross Barnett for his failure to comply with school desegregation orders.

         He served on the Warren Commission investigating the assassination of John Kennedy and on President Johnson’s crime and violence commissions.

1971-1972 – From July to July of these years, Jaworski served as president of the American Bar Association.

1973 – The Nixon Administration appointed Jaworski as the Special Prosecutor of the Watergate Scandal after the Saturday Night Massacre which led to the dismissal of prosecutor Archibald Cox. Jaworski kept Cox’s staff and continued his investigation of corruption in the Nixon administration, and required the White house to ‘appear’ in court and give testimony regarding Watergate tapes and documents – evidence that ultimately brought down the Nixon presidency.

1974 – In the spring of this year, he subpoenaed the administration for sixty-four tapes, but the White House refused to comply. On the 24th of July of this year, the Supreme Court ruled, eight to zero that Nixon must turn over the tapes including the famous "smoking gun" tape, which proved that Nixon personally ordered his subordinates to obstruct justice. Sixteen days later, Nixon became the firs president to resign the office.

1982 – He died on the 9th of December, 1982.