One At A Time: Separate trials for Ollie's army

Separate trials for Ollie's army

As he tries to ensure a fair trial for the four Iran-contra defendants, Federal Judge Gerhard Gesell has criticized the congressional committees that investigated the affair for vastly complicating his chore. The committees "were interested much more in what the President knew," Gesell growled last month. "They were chasing a rabbit they never caught." Last week he hinted that some of the smaller quarry -- Oliver North, John Poindexter, Richard Secord and Albert Hakim -- may also elude the criminal snares set by Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh.

In its determination to bare the scandal, Congress granted immunity to all the defendants...

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