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Samuel Dash (February 27, 1925 - May 29, 2004), a native of Camden, New Jersey, was the chief counsel for the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate scandal. Dash became famous for his televised interrogations during the Congressional hearings on Watergate.
Two decades later, Dash was again in the news after resigning his post as ethics adviser to independent counsel Kenneth Starr. After working for the investigation for four years, Dash resigned to protest Starr's appearance before the House Judiciary Committee. Dash felt that Starr was acting as an "aggressive advocate" instead of an impartial investigator.
Dash was a law professor at Georgetown University for nearly 40 years. Shortly before his death, he published The Intruders: Unreasonable Searches and Seizures from King John to John Ashcroft, which discusses the risks to freedom in modern society, particularly in the wake of the Patriot Act.
Samuel Dash was born in Camden to Joseph and Ida Dash, immigrants from the Soviet Union. Dash died in Washington, D.C. of congestive heart failure on the same day as Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor for the Watergate Scandal.
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