Watergate figure, ministry founder Charles Colson dies

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FILE - In this March 1, 1974 photo, former White House attorney Charles Colson talks to reporters after he was charged in the Watergate cover-up in Washington.  Colson, the tough-as-nails special counsel to President Richard Nixon who went to prison for his role in a Watergate-related case and became a Christian evangelical helping inmates, has died. He was 80. Jim Liske, chief executive of the Lansdowne-based Prison Fellowship Ministries that Colson founded, said Colson died Saturday, April 21, 2012.  (AP Photo/Charles Bennett)

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Charles Colson, a Richard Nixon White House operative during the Watergate scandal who had a reputation for ruthlessness before going to jail and starting a prison ministry, died on Saturday, April 21, at age 80, the ministry said.

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