Profession: US Federal Judge
Why Famous: For his role in the trials stemming from the Watergate scandal.
He did not believe the Watergate burglars claim that they had acted alone and persuaded or coerced most of them to implicate the men who had arranged the break-in.
Eventually Sirica ordered President Richard Nixon to turn over his recordings of White House conversations dooming his presidency.
For his role in Watergate, Sirica was named Time magazine's person of the year in 1973.
- 1973-10-23 Richard Nixon agrees to turn over White House tape recordings to Judge John Sirica
- 1975-01-08 Judge John Sirica orders release of Watergate's John W. Dean III, Herbert W. Kalmbach and Jeb Stuart Magruder from prison