BALTIMORE (AP) -- The lawyer defending Watergate conspirator G. Gordon Liddy against a federal defamation lawsuit says the case is just a behind-the-scenes attempt to silence Liddy's theory about the break-in.
An attorney for the woman suing Liddy argues Liddy was using that theory as revenge, and that he was mangling an innocent woman's reputation in the process.
Now it's up to a jury to weigh both arguments as it decides the $5.1 million lawsuit brought against Liddy, now 70 and a syndicated talk show host, by Ida "Maxie" Wells, the Democratic National Committee secretary at the time of the 1972 Watergate break-in.
Liddy has publicly argued that the Watergate burglars were searching Wells' desk for a package of call girl photos believed to include a picture of the future wife of John Dean, the former Nixon White House counsel who Liddy claims masterminded the break-in for his own purposes.
Dean "is using the judicial process to enforce his own official story of Watergate, a story he created in 1973," Liddy attorney John B. Williams told jurors Wednesday in closing arguments of the three-week trial.
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