The Nation

Independent prosecutor Lawrence E. Walsh asked a federal judge to dismiss the most serious Iran-Contra charges against retired Adm. John M. Poindexter, Oliver L. North's former White House boss. Walsh told Judge Harold Greene at a hearing that he was trying to avoid delaying Poindexter's trial over use of sensitive national security secrets by dropping charges of conspiracy to divert funds from U.S. arms sales to Iran, theft of government property and fraud. Poindexter would still face criminal charges of lying to Congress and obstructing the congressional Iran-Contra investigation in his trial, which is expected to start sometime this fall.

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