Crime History: Vice President Agnew resigns, pleads to tax evasion

Local,Crime,Scott McCabe

On this day, Oct. 10, in 1973, Vice President Agnew resigned from office, then pleaded no contest to federal income tax evasion.

The outspoken Agnew became only the second vice president ever to resign from office, and the first to resign while under criminal investigation.

He was accused of receiving kickbacks from contractors while he was governor of Maryland. He claimed the charges were "damned lies" and eventually pleaded in federal court in Baltimore to no contest to not paying taxes on $29,500.

As part of his plea deal, Agnew agreed to resign from office. He was sentenced to three years' probation and fined $10,000. He was disbarred. His resignation prompted the first use of the 25th Amendment and the appointment of House Minority Leader Gerald Ford as vice president. Ford ascended to the presidency less than a year later when Richard Nixon resigned amid the Watergate scandal.

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