Milestones: Mar. 11, 1985

ACQUITTED. Marie McBroom, 59, a New Jersey commodities trader; of six counts relating to illegal traffic in oil and gasoline, an offense that carries the death penalty under a law passed five months after her arrest; in Ikeja, Nigeria. Detained in February 1984 in an anticorruption sweep, McBroom argued that she had been an innocent go-between in the allegedly illegal oil deals. During her year of imprisonment in Nigeria, she contracted malaria and lost 40 lbs. She left for the U.S. the day of her acquittal.

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