Innocent As Charged

Robert Altman's acquittal shows the perils of criminal prosecution ! in the complex B.C.C.I. scandal

The jury forewoman's voice broke as she said "Not guilty" to each of the charges against banker and lawyer Robert Altman. Moments later, jurors with watery eyes hugged Altman and his wife, actress Lynda Carter, then posed for photos with them and exchanged addresses. All agreed: this was an innocent man, unfairly accused.

The verdict ended Altman's five-month New York City trial on eight felony charges, ranging from bribery to deceiving the government, all relating to his various affiliations with the corrupt Bank of Credit & Commerce International. Altman, whose partner, Clark Clifford, was deemed too ill to stand trial, had...

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