Who's On Trial?

The cover-up defense in an Iraqgate trial gets its day in court

THROWING OUT A PLEA BARGAIN IS AN UNUSUAL step in the U.S. court system. But just about everything in the continuing legal saga of Christopher Drogoul is unusual. Though Drogoul pleaded guilty in June to 60 of 347 counts that he made $4 billion in illegal loans to Iraq before Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, a prosecutor announced last week that the government was no longer willing to honor that agreement because the defendant lied throughout his three-week sentencing hearing.

But a trial will also open a Pandora's box of allegations by the former Atlanta branch manager of the Italian Banca...

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