Hung Out to Try Again

A CIA man's jury can't agree: Were his acts criminal -- or just devious?

Three times the jury deliberating the Iran-contra perjury trial of former CIA spy chief Clair George trooped into the courtroom to report an impasse, and three times Judge Royce Lamberth sent them back out to keep trying. Finally, after almost six days of fruitless deliberation, foreman Steven Kirk said his panel was totally deadlocked on all nine counts -- from perjury to giving false statements to Congress. "As a citizen," said Kirk, a Washington consultant, "I expect senior government officials like Clair George to be more forthcoming to Congress. As a juror, I felt compelled to give him the benefit of...

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