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March 14, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A federal judge in Miami set the drug-trafficking trial of ousted Panamanian leader Manuel A. Noriega and four co-defendants for Jan. 28, 1991, and issued a sweeping order on use of classified information. U.S. District Judge William M. Hoeveler's order could hinder defense attorneys seeking to corroborate their claim that Noriega acted with CIA approval for years.
September 16, 2000 | From the Washington Post
John M. Deutch, who has admitted mishandling classified information while serving as director of the CIA, is now under investigation for similar security violations when he previously held high-level posts in the Defense Department, according to confidential documents and officials familiar with the case.
September 23, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff plans to take the stand at his January trial to tell jurors that he never lied to investigators in the CIA leak case, defense attorneys said. I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby is charged with perjury, obstruction and lying to the FBI about his conversations in 2003 with reporters regarding Valerie Plame's CIA job.
April 9, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
President Clinton said he had no reason to believe that his aides improperly passed top-secret intelligence information to Democratic Party officials. The Washington Post reported that the White House supplied classified information to the Democratic National Committee in 1995 to prevent a Latvian businessman with alleged ties to organized crime from attending a fund-raising dinner with the president.
October 19, 1991 | From Associated Press
The Iran-Contra criminal case against retired CIA official Clair E. George erupted Friday into a battle over access to some of the most closely held secrets at the CIA. George's lawyers demanded more than 750,000 pages of classified documents from the Iran-Contra prosecutions of former White House aide Oliver L. North and former CIA station chief Joseph Fernandez.
May 16, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A federal judge ruled that the Constitution limits the government's power to require drug tests for job applicants if the job has nothing to do with police work, public safety or official secrets. The decision by U.S. District Judge Gerhard A. Gesell came in the case of Carl Willner, who filed suit after the Justice Department tentatively accepted him for employment in its Antitrust Division and then asked him to submit to a urine test.
April 21, 1991 | From Associated Press
The government is abusing its power to screen books, articles, speeches and other forms of communication by its employees for classified information, a House committee chairman said Saturday. "It is quite unnecessary and inconsistent with constitutional principles to have government censors determining what acts of expression and creation by federal employees may be permitted," said Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.).
December 17, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The FBI has withdrawn appeals to President Clinton opposing the release of previously classified information related to the investigation into President Kennedy's assassination. In a letter to White House Counsel Jack Quinn, Howard Shapiro, FBI general counsel, said the appeals were withdrawn "after carefully considering the matters raised" by the Assassination Records Review Board, an independent body compiling a public record of the Nov. 22, 1963, assassination.
January 6, 1989 | PHILIP A. LACOVARA, Philip A. Lacovara served as deputy solicitor general of the United States and as counsel to the Watergate special prosecutor
The decision of independent counsel Lawrence E. Walsh to seek dismissal of the two key charges against Lt. Col. Oliver L. North underscores the difficulty of prosecuting a case of this magnitude, even under the 1980 Classified Information Procedures Act. North's lawyers thought the imperatives of secrecy ultimately would be his shield. For several important reasons they appear to be right.
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