(JOUNRAL) FRIDAY, MAY 31, 1974 591
SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
Present: "Mr. Chief Justice Burger. Mr. Justice Douglas, Mr. Justice Brennan, Mr. Justice Stewart. Mr. Justice White, Mr. Justice Marshall, Mr. Justice Blackmun, Mr. Justice Powell, and Mr. Justice Rehnquist.
No. 73-1766. United States, petitioner, c. Richard M. Nixon. President of the United States, et al. Petition for writ of certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and motion for an expedited schedule granted. The parties shall exchange and file briefs by 1:00 p.m. on June 21 and any responsive brief shall be filed by July 1, 1974. Oral argument is set for July 8, 1974, at 10:00 a.m. Each party is allowed one hour for argument. Mr. Justice Rehnquist took no part in the consideration or decision of this motion and petition.
political agony which the country was undergoing." 29 Immediately after the May 31, 1974 decision, the brethren then had to confront the fluidity of judicial choice in a case involving the very essence of presidential power. Contrary to contemporary accounts of the Supreme Court's internal activities surrounding Nixon, 30 it was not an easily resolved nor an easily written opinion.