December 12, 1992 |
In a move that may significantly damage the prosecution's case against former Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger, a federal judge Friday threw out a perjury indictment filed just six weeks ago, ruling the statute of limitations had expired on the charge. The former Californian still faces trial Jan. 5 on four other felony counts in the Iran-Contra scandal, but the judge's ruling removes a major piece of evidence against him, his defense attorney said.
December 10, 1992 |
A federal court jury convicted Clair E. George, the highest-ranking former CIA official charged in the Iran-Contra scandal, on two perjury charges Wednesday. After deliberating for nearly 11 days, the jurors acquitted George of five other charges in his monthlong retrial. A court clerk reading the verdicts aloud announced three consecutive "not guilty" findings before reaching the first "guilty" verdict. George, 62, flinched at the word. The clerk quickly announced a second "guilty."
December 8, 1992 |
The Supreme Court let stand Monday a ruling that freed former White House National Security Adviser John M. Poindexter from his five felony convictions in 1990 in the Iran-Contra scandal. The justices, without comment, declined to overturn an appellate court ruling that had reversed Poindexter's criminal convictions on grounds that his immunized testimony to Congress was used against him improperly.
December 3, 1992 |
Jurors tried to deliver a partial verdict Wednesday in the Iran-Contra case of former CIA spy chief Clair E. George but they were told to complete deliberations before announcing a decision. The jury did not indicate how many of the seven counts it had decided in the case against George, who is accused of lying about the Iran-Contra affair. U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth said that accepting a partial verdict would generate news coverage that might influence the jury's deliberations.
November 25, 1992 |
Former Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger pleaded not guilty Tuesday to the latest charge stemming from the Iran-Contra scandal, claiming he had become "a pawn in a clearly political agenda." The former Californian, who faces trial Jan. 5 on five Iran-Contra charges, entered his plea in federal court and afterward assailed prosecutors for producing the pre-election indictment that also cast President Bush in an unfavorable light. Prosecutor James J.
November 20, 1992 |
A federal court jury received the perjury case against former CIA official Clair E. George late Thursday after a prosecutor told jurors that George had lied to congressional investigators about his extensive knowledge of Iran-Contra matters. "He had sent information over to the national security adviser at the White House, but I guess the information was not good enough to tell the Congress of the United States," prosecutor Craig Gillen said sarcastically.
November 11, 1992 |
Independent counsel Lawrence E. Walsh on Tuesday sharply rejected a suggestion from Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.), that he fire the prosecutor recently hired to handle the Iran-Contra case against former Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger.
November 9, 1992 |
Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole (R--Kan.), deploring an election-eve indictment that implied President Bush had lied about his knowledge of Iran-Contra events, called Sunday for an investigation of Independent Counsel Lawrence E. Walsh and urged Bush to pardon former Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger and all those convicted for their roles in the scandal.
November 7, 1992 |
Some senior Republicans and White House aides, including Vice President Dan Quayle, are advising President Bush to consider presidential pardons for Iran-Contra defendants, starting with former Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger, according to White House and GOP sources. The sources said no formal recommendation has been made to Bush, but some of his aides have raised the possibility informally. White House Press Secretary Marlin Fitzwater said he had heard no discussion of such a move.
November 4, 1992 |
The eleventh-hour release of former Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger's notes of a key Iran-Contra meeting is feeding perceptions by President Bush's supporters that the President was a victim of an unfair political maneuver. Even before voters went to the polls Tuesday, Bush's backers were charging that independent counsel Lawrence E. Walsh had taken "a cheap shot" by using a new indictment of Weinberger four days before the election to challenge Bush's Iran-Contra denials.