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Judge Denies North Motion to Set Aside 3 Contra Convictions

June 15, 1989|From Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Oliver L. North's motion to set aside his three Iran-Contra convictions was denied Wednesday by the trial judge, clearing the way for the former White House aide's sentencing next week.

U.S. District Judge Gerhard A. Gesell, who presided over testimony in the case, rejected North's last post-trial motions, including a request for an acquittal judgment or a new trial on each of the three felony convictions.

North, scheduled to be sentenced June 23, could face a 10-year prison term and $750,000 in fines if given the maximum sentence for his convictions of unlawfully destroying government documents, aiding and abetting in obstructing Congress and illegally accepting a gratuity from arms dealer Richard V. Secord.

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