The High Price of Friendship

Deaver faces a jail term for lying about his lobbying activities

Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Michael K. Deaver stood stiffly beside his lawyer in a federal courtroom in Washington last week, expecting the worst. His lawyers, in a long-shot gamble, had presented no evidence to counter the assertion by Independent Counsel Whitney North Seymour Jr. that Deaver had repeatedly lied under oath about his lucrative lobbying business. When the jury returned guilty verdicts on three of five counts, canny Defense Counsel Jack Miller manfully shouldered the blame: "We didn't put on a defense because we didn't think we had to. The jury verdict suggests I may have made a...

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