ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 09, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(DC: Charles Gibson) Appearances of John Poindexter and Colonel Oliver North before House For. Affairs Committee regarding their role in covert arms sales to Iran and diversion of funds to Nicaraguan Contras featured; scenes shown. [POINDEXTER - takes 5th Amendment.] [Poindexter's attorney Richard BECKLER - defs. his advice to client.] [Representative Michael BARNES - urges Poindexter to waive 5th Amendment in anticipation of suspended sentence.] [BECKLER - responds.] [NORTH - cites his defense of Constitution.] [Representative Lee HAMILTON - asks about diversion of funds.] [NORTH - takes 5th Amendment.] [Representative George CROCKETT - lectures North on use of 5th.] [Representative Dan. MICA - cites North's distress.] [Representative Tom LANTOS - offers to contribute to North's legal defense fund.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) [Representatives Toby ROTH, CROCKETT - discuss committee 's approach so far to hearings.]
(DC: Tim O'Brien) Legalities of 5th Amendment process and its immediate and long-term impact on defendant examined; scenes shown. [Harvard law school spokesperson Alan DERSHOWITZ - lists reasons for pleading 5th.] Amendment quoted on screen, discussed. [Senator Orrin HATCH - favors granting immunity from prosecution.] John Dean recalled given immunity during Watergate hearings by Judge John Sirica over objections of special prosecutor Archibald Cox.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Item recapped at end of broadcast