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PROSECUTORS URGE JUDGE TO JAIL NORTH

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Prosecutors, saying Oliver North "is not a scapegoat," urged a judge to send the ex-White House aide to jail to make him responsible for his Iran-Contra convictions, court documents showed.

North is scheduled on Friday to face U.S. District Judge Gerhard Gesell for sentencing on his May 4 convictions for three crimes arising out of the Iran-Contra affair, the worst political scandal of Ronald Reagan's presidency.The retired Marine lieutenant colonel faces up to 10 years in prison and $750,000 in fines for aiding and abetting the obstruction of Congress, destroying official documents and accepting the illegal gratuity of a $13,800 home security system.

Independent prosecutor Lawrence Walsh, who has spent more than 21/2 years and $15 million investigating the scandal, urged Gesell in court papers filed Monday to give North a prison term because the former staff member of the National Security Council has never expressed remorse for his actions.

While Walsh did not suggest the amount of time North should serve, he said North needs to see the inside of a prison to disabuse him of the notion that he is above the law.