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Important Vocabulary (•)

As you read the background summary of the Nixon case, look for the important vocabulary words that are italicized.  When you come to one of those terms, look at this page for its definition.  Then, check to see if you understand the definition by either sketching a picture of what you think it means, or by putting it in your own words.  Feel free to add terms from the reading that you would like to practice.

  • investigators

Definition: People who study by close examination and detailed inquiry

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  • prosecutor (to prosecute)

Definition: A person who starts and carries out legal criminal proceedings

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  • appealed (to appeal)

Definition: To formally request that a lower court decision be examined and reconsidered by a higher court

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  • executive privilege

Definition: The principle that members of the executive branch of government cannot legally be forced to reveal their confidential communications if the disclosure would have a negative effect on the operations of the executive branch

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  • confidential (confidentiality)

Definition: Done or communicated in secret

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