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The Nation

January 21, 1986

Jury selection begins today in Hattiesburg, Miss., for the trial of only the third active judge in the 197-year history of the federal bench to be tried for alleged crimes committed in office. Judge Walter L. Nixon Jr., 57, chief federal judge of the southern district of Mississippi, is charged with accepting an illegal gratuity and perjury. Nixon has denied all wrongdoing.

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