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The Nation

The judge in the trial of former White House aide Oliver L. North broke off contact with reporters, while jurors ended their eighth day of deliberations without reaching a verdict. U.S. District Judge Gerhard A. Gesell said he was cutting off communications with all reporters because of a lawsuit filed by 10 news organizations seeking access to a sealed exhibit in the case. Gesell, in a letter, told NBC News correspondent Carl Stern, who has been acting as a news media liaison, to advise the media they will have to use a special phone number for recorded messages to learn about jury deliberations. Gesell’s action came the day after the U.S. Court of Appeals sent the litigation over the sealed exhibit back to Gesell.


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