A Big Break For Ollie

Will a court ruling mean that North goes free?

The ghost of the congressional Iran-contra hearings has long hung over the cases of key figures in the scandal. Last week the ghost was haunting the prosecutors of Oliver North. A three-member appeals court in Washington overturned one of North's three convictions. The court sent the other two back % to federal Judge Gerhard Gesell for him to determine whether North's testimony at congressional inquiries into the scandal had in effect been used against him by the grand jury that indicted him, by the staff of independent counsel Lawrence Walsh or by any of the prosecution's 29 witnesses. Such tainting could...

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