Chuck Colson Dies at 80

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Chuck Colson spoke to inmates at the New Hampshire State Prison in Concord in 2002.

Charles “Chuck” Colson, a self-described “hatchet man” of the Nixon administration who was snared in the Watergate scandal, died of complications from a brain hemorrhage Saturday. Colson faced arrest during the aftermath of Watergate in 1973, but slid by and soon after became a born-again Christian. He devoted the next decades to leading a religious outreach service to prisoners, crime victims, and ex-convicts. In 2008 President George W. Bush presented Colson with the Presidential Citizens Medal, the second-highest honor for a private citizen.