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L...TTER FROM By Alistair

E1ICA Cooke


Recorded at New York City Thursday May 11th lq89


For Broaccast Friday/Sun/May 12 t~ 14,1989

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criminal trial, it used to be ~IiH almost a routine for the

I don't know when this final injunction was abandoned or judge to thank the jury,~ \811 tQQHlo t8a:t tQQ~[ bad. madQ 8 ft :l:eYfleet SA-Y IfW,y eff~I~ ~e ~eMaQP, 8g~ had renderedh a just verdict,a~Q ~A8R ~ discharge e.-~ them,~ tell them to speak to no one and go to their homes. "

fell into disuse. But so long as forty years ago, at the end of the

first trial of

Alger Hiss,the State Department officer accused

of denying he had passed documents to a Communist agent, the verdict

was no sooner in than -I wrote -"Now we were down in the press room,

where, to the naive astonishment of the softer European(s),three or HHH

four of the jury were sounding off as freely as a revival meeting.Since

there is apnarently no rule against advertising the holy secrets of

the jUrYroom,they can be put down in this report."

Well, the custom is evidntly long gone, and in the case of

Oliver North,the former Marine colonel,I must say I am glad of it. Because ~~NitHb~~'n&iliWbP once that trial started, and it became known

that the first qualifica~ion of that jury was to have read nothin~, seen

nothing, heard nothing about "9 J{WHWH'd.la1reH'QIgvrH'aH',.j:~oh1dreJftHaHmrtf'oH lb the Iran-Con~r 1 scandal, many people expressed disbelief verging on outrage that the only jury thought fit to iWMtiOOffill~Jj serve someho had rema┬Ěned deaf

and blind to a case that for over two years had rocked this nation and

many others. In much commentary that went on in the papers and on radio

a nd television, the jury of t elve bl'1.cks, nine 'romen add three men,

Made with