Iran-Contra: Juror on Trial

Juror on Trial

Throughout the trial of former National Security Council aide Oliver North, the jury was the focus as often as the defendant. The jurors, all working- class blacks, became the butt of jokes because of their acknowledged ignorance about the Iran-contra affair. Last week one jury member was back in the news, seven weeks after voting to convict North of obstructing Congress, unlawfully destroying Government documents and accepting an illegal gift. A defense allegation of misconduct by a juror persuaded U.S. District Court Judge Gerhard Gesell to postpone North's sentencing until July 5.

Juror Tara Leigh King, 34, a photocopier operator, admitted...

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