The Nation

An emergency motion to block the July 13 perjury trial of Michael K. Deaver was filed in the former White House aide's latest challenge to the independent counsel statute. Deaver's lawyers asked the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington to stay the start of the perjury trial while the Supreme Court considers their petition to review the Ethics in Government Act. Deaver, who sought the independent counsel investigation last year, now contends that the ethics law provisions providing for court appointment of special prosecutors is unconstitutional.

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