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June 2, 1987 | PAUL HOUSTON, Times Staff Writer
Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III testified before a federal grand jury Monday in an independent counsel's investigation of lobbying by former White House aide Lyn Nofziger on behalf of Fairchild Industries Inc. Independent counsel James C. McKay, who is also investigating efforts by Nofziger, Meese and others to help another defense contractor, Wedtech Corp., questioned Meese for 2 1/2 hours in his second appearance before the grand jury in three months.
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January 15, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Former Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III announced that he will give up a court battle to suppress the Iran-Contra prosecutor's final report, which accuses Meese of concocting a false account of a November, 1985, arms-for-hostages shipment to Iran by saying President Ronald Reagan had not known about it. Calling the conclusions by independent counsel Lawrence E.
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March 13, 1988 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ and DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writers
Wayne Franklyn Chinn was a painted bird among the dark-suited men who inhabit the gray streets of the Montgomery Street financial district here. The one-time encyclopedia salesman shunned the traditional stockbroker look, preferring shoulder-length hair, boots and leather-fringed jackets. Often the jackets concealed another item not regularly part of a businessman's garb--a handgun.
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September 20, 1992 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
Two Republican former attorneys general denied Saturday that the Bush and Reagan administrations used an ideological "litmus test" to select Supreme Court justices--and one assailed Democratic presidential nominee Bill Clinton for pledging to appoint only jurists who support abortion rights. The remarks by the two former high officials--Dick Thornburgh and Edwin Meese III--came during a rare and free-wheeling panel meeting of attorneys general from the last six presidential administrations.
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May 25, 1988 | RONALD J. OSTROW, Times Staff Writer
Nearly two months after two top-level Justice Department officials resigned to distance themselves from Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III's legal difficulties, President Reagan Tuesday nominated replacements for Deputy Atty. Gen. Arnold I. Burns and Assistant Atty. Gen. William F. Weld. Harold G. Christensen, a veteran Utah lawyer, has been named to replace Burns in the department's No. 2 post. Edward S. G. Dennis Jr., the U.S.
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November 19, 1988 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, Times Staff Writer
A federal prosecutor charged Friday that San Francisco attorney E. Robert Wallach defrauded the stockholders of now-bankrupt Wedtech Corp. by using false invoices to cover up his high-priced lobbying of former Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III, his longtime friend.
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January 18, 1989 | RONALD J. OSTROW, Times Staff Writer
President Reagan on Tuesday dismissed as "unnecessary" and "unwarranted" a highly critical report on former Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III by the Justice Department's internal ethics office and said that it was the work of his longtime associate's "political enemies." Reagan "thinks the attorney general has always acted properly in carrying out the conduct of his office," said White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater, adding that he had spoken to the President about the report. Atty. Gen.
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August 9, 1989 | ROBERT L. JACKSON and JOHN J. GOLDMAN, Times Staff Writers
E. Robert Wallach, a close associate of former Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III, was convicted Tuesday of racketeering and fraud charges in the Wedtech scandal. Wallach was acquitted of a separate racketeering conspiracy charge by a New York federal court jury. Two associates--W. Franklyn Chinn of San Francisco and R. Kent London of Honolulu--were convicted on racketeering, racketeering conspiracy and fraud charges in connection with payments they received from Wedtech Corp.
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March 24, 1992 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an important test of the limits of religious freedom, the Supreme Court said Monday that it would decide whether the government can outlaw the ritualistic sacrifice of animals, even though the practice is an essential aspect of some religions. In this instance, the court will rule on whether the city of Hialeah, Fla., violated the constitutional rights of local residents who regularly kill chickens, pigeons, ducks, goats and other animals during religious ceremonies.
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August 3, 1988 | BETTY CUNIBERTI, Times Staff Writer
For months, allegations of impropriety had been boiling around the trading of favors between Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III and his close friend of 25 years, embattled attorney E. Robert Wallach. At one point, Ursula Meese, the attorney general's wife of 30 years and a former probation officer, found herself in front of a grand jury. As she recalled it, part of the grand jury session went like this. Questioner: "Well, now, Mr. Wallach is your husband's best friend?" Ursula Meese: "Absolutely not.
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July 28, 1992 | From Associated Press
Donald T. Regan, White House chief of staff under President Ronald Reagan, said Monday that he has been assured by Iran-Contra prosecutors that he is not a target of investigation for possible illegal actions. Regan's office said it had received a letter from Lawrence E. Walsh, independent counsel in the Iran-Contra scandal, stating that "Mr. Regan's status is 'witness.' He is not a 'subject' or a 'target' of the grand jury's investigation."
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March 24, 1992 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an important test of the limits of religious freedom, the Supreme Court said Monday that it would decide whether the government can outlaw the ritualistic sacrifice of animals, even though the practice is an essential aspect of some religions. In this instance, the court will rule on whether the city of Hialeah, Fla., violated the constitutional rights of local residents who regularly kill chickens, pigeons, ducks, goats and other animals during religious ceremonies.
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November 3, 1991 | KENNETH R. WEISS and GEORGE SKELTON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As Ronald Reagan and throngs of admirers celebrate the opening of his presidential library this week, some longtime faithful lament that their 80-year-old leader has forsaken old friends who helped wage "the Reagan revolution" in Sacramento and Washington. The discontent among some conservative followers was sparked by the abrupt dismissal of three former members of his inner circle from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, which built the library and will run its public affairs center.
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September 1, 1990 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When California lawyer E. Robert Wallach was convicted of fraud and racketeering in the Wedtech defense-contracting scandal last year, he cried foul: A key government witness had committed perjury, he contended. But federal prosecutors turned a deaf ear.
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July 13, 1990 | Associated Press
Former Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III was awarded $460,509 in federal reimbursement Thursday for legal expenses he incurred during a special prosecutor's criminal investigation. Independent counsel James C. McKay had declined to prosecute Meese at the conclusion of the investigation. Among other things, Meese was investigated for possible ethics law violations for intervening to help Wedtech Corp. obtain a lucrative defense contract.
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April 21, 1988 | RONALD J. OSTROW, Times Staff Writer
John C. Shepherd, Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III's second choice for deputy attorney general, withdrew his name from consideration Wednesday on the grounds that he was unprepared for the pressures he encountered, a move that Meese immediately blamed on "intense media attention." Shepherd's anticipated withdrawal was disclosed at an extraordinary Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing at which Meese's ethical judgment was repeatedly questioned.
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June 23, 1987 | RONALD J. OSTROW, Times Staff Writer
Former NASA Administrator James M. Beggs said Monday that he would welcome an apology from Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III over defense-contracting fraud charges that were dropped against him, but he insisted he is not bitter. At a news conference, Beggs criticized U.S. Atty. Robert C.
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April 13, 1990 | JOE PICHIRALLO and WALTER PINCUS, THE WASHINGTON POST
Independent counsel Lawrence E. Walsh said Thursday that he is pressing forward with his investigation into the Iran-Contra affair and is concentrating on what he now considers the "essence of the crime": "a pattern of deceit" at the highest levels of the Ronald Reagan Administration. Walsh said that part of the deception centered on Administration efforts to hide from Congress the White House's secret efforts to arm the Nicaraguan Contras during a two-year congressional ban on U.S.
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March 23, 1990 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III testified Thursday that John M. Poindexter participated in a false "cover story" that was given to Congress in the Iran-Contra case despite a stated desire by former President Ronald Reagan that he wanted the truth to come out. Called as a defense witness by Poindexter's attorneys, Meese gave his damaging testimony under sharp cross-examination by prosecutor Dan K. Webb. Meese said Poindexter raised no objections at a White House meeting on Nov.
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