No Pardon

Reagan rules out clemency, but North still may get off

As the legal maneuvering intensified over when and whether Oliver North will go on trial for his role in the Iran-contra fiasco, nonlawyers had reason to wonder about the motives of some of the players. On the one hand, the former Marine lieutenant colonel, who oozed patriotism from misty eyes during the congressional hearings, threatened to reveal some of the nation's most sensitive secrets if the trial proceeds. President Reagan, who has declared North innocent, said last week that he will not pardon his ex-NSC aide in advance of a trial but neither will he allow many of the classified documents...

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