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Special Prosecutor / Court Decision #111992

ABC Evening News for Friday, Jan 22, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Appeals court ruling calling it unconstitutional for judges to appointed special prosecutors reported; role of special prosecutors in Iran/Contra affair and cases involving members of Reagan administration mentioned; Colonel Oliver North cited. Decision said based on issue of separation of judicial and executive branches.

(DC: Dennis Troute) Impact of ruling on Michael Deaver reported [DEAVER - says law was unconstitutional.] Role of special prosecutor Whitney North Seymour in Deaver trial recalled. Circumstances surrounding appts. of Lawrence Walsh as special prosecutor in Iran case and James McKay in Wedtech Corporation case detailed; North mentioned. [Indep. cnsl. McKAY - says decision won't affect trial.] Opposition to legal decision overturning appointed process for special prosecutors stated. [Harvard Law School Laurence TRIBE - calls decision bad.]

Jennings, Peter;
Troute, Dennis

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