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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta John Ehrlichman described as victim of Nixon's deceit Wednesday, October 16, 1974-THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD-19 WASHINGTON (AP) John Ehrlichman's lawyer portrayed the onetime White House aide Tuesday as a vic- tim of the deceit of former president Richard Nixon and John Dean. "Richard Nixon deceived, misled, lied to and used John Ehrlichman to cover up his own knowledge and his own said William Prates in his opening argu- ment at the Watergate cover- up trial. Prates said Nixon was "covering up to save his own neck." Prates was the first defence lawyer to make an opening statement in the trial of five former Nixon administration and election campaign aides charged with conspiring to block the investigation of the break-in at Democratic party headquarters in the Watergate building here June 17, 1972. David Bress, counsel for former assistant attorney- general Robert Mardian, followed Prates and described his client as "very minimally involved in the evidence in this case." The other three defendants are former White House staff chief H. R. Haldeman, former attorney-general John Mitchell and Kenneth Parkin- son, one-time counsel for Nix- on's re-election committee. Richard Ben-Veniste, an assistant special prosecutor, outlined the government's case in a long opening state- ment Monday. All five defen- dants are charged with con- spiracy to obstruct justice. All but Mardian also are charged with obstructing of justice. Prates said that in the spr- ing of 1973 Dean, then White House counsel, realized "the house of cards was falling in on him." It was then, said Prates, that Dean went to his lawyers and they started bargaining Slide isolates Prince Rupert PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. (CP) All land links to this West Coast city were cut and power was out for 5% hours Tuesday by a mudslide earlier in the day on Highway 16 about 60 miles east of here. A ministry of transport spokesman said the nearby airport was still functioning. B.C. Hydro officials said the slide severed the main power line supplying the city. Power was first knocked out from a.m. to 11 a.m. until the auxiliary system was turned on but after an hour the secon- dary system broke down. The auxiliary system was restored at 5 p.m. A Hydro spokesman in Kitimat, about 80 miles southeast of here, said tem- porary repairs would be attempted today but perma- nent repairs would take longer. RCMP said they hoped the highway would be opened today. A Canadian National Railways spokesman said the line between Terrace, 70 miles east, and Prince Rupert was washed out 10 miles west of Terrace by two inches of rain within 24 hours. He said the line would be closed at least until Friday. During the power outage, radio stations were off the air but telephones were working. A second slide on the road to .Prince Edward, 10 miles south of here, isolated three fish packing plants. 'Nigeria recovered from war' WINNIPEG (CP) Nigeria has recovered fully from the civil war that tore it apart between 1967 and 1970, the African nation's high com- missioner to Canada said today. Peter Afolabi, who is on his first tour of Canada since his recent appointment, made the comments to a University of Winnipeg audience. "You wouldn't recognize that the place has gone through a war physically or he said. rebels have all been rehabilitated and returned to their former status." "They are back in the police and the army, as well as civilian posts. Not one of them who led the rebellion is in jail." with the prosecutors in an ef- fort to obtain immunity from prosecution for their client. But the prosecutors wanted worthwhile information, Frates said, and Dean offered them Ehrlichman. In reality, Frates said, Dean had done on his own acts which he told the prosecutors Ehrlichman had ordered him to do. Frates told the jury of nine women and three men, "Dean was work- ing as the president's lawyer under the president's direc- tion." Frates said Ehrlichman never ordered Dean to destroy evidence, never attempted to obtain cover-up funds from the United States Central Agency (CIA) and never suggested using money to buy the silence of the break-in defendants. Frates said that on April 30, 1973, Ehrlichman submitted his resignation to Nixon. "They called it a resigna- tion but it was a forced he said. Frates promised to present evidence that in an unrecord- ed conversation on that day Nixon told Ehrlichman: "John, you've been my con- science but I didn't follow your advice. It's all my fault. If I'd only followed your ad- vice we wouldn't be in this situation." "He Ehrlichman was forced to resign so the heat would be taken off the president... and the president standing there knowing it was he who was covering Frates said. The Miami, Fla., defence counsel described Ehrlichman as consistently recommending that everything he knew about Watergate should be turned over to investigators. But, said Frates, "John Ehrlichman didn't know that Dean and the president of the United States were so deeply involved." Bress told the jury: "The government did wrong in naming Mardian as a defen- dant." He said that the former head of the justice department's internal securi- ty division was named a defendant in only one of the 12 counts contained in the indict- ment returned by a federal grand jury last March 1. He noted that Mardian is ac- cused of conspiring to obstruct justice but is not ac- cused of actually obstructing justice. He traced Mardian's career and described how he left the justice department on May 1, 1972, to join his former boss, Mitchell, at Nixon's re- election committee. Mardian ended up as a ordinator of political ac- tivities in Western states and as such, said Bress, had no part in policy decisions and knew absolutely nothing about political intelligence plans. NOTIONS Specially priced at Eaton's! Eaton's has a super Mlaction of dandy notions for home and family. Shop early Thursday for best selection or phone Buy-Line 328-8811. Hiir sit band Foam-lined nylon tricot band with adjustable velcro closing. Slides on pillow while holding your QAC set. Each.......... cap Extra-large Vinyl bonnet with rayon lining. Keeps hair neat and dry while in the shower or bath. Each Shttr hud sari Delicate sheer nylon scarf with ring tie closing. Buy one for those windy Fall days. Each Lint pick-up Handy gadget rolls away lint, dust, fuzz, pet hairs. Refill included. A must in every household. 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