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POINDEXTER’S LAWYERS SAY PROSECUTION DIDN’T PROVE GUILT

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John Poindexter's lawyers are urging acquittal or a new trial for the former national security adviser, asserting that Iran-Contra prosecutors failed to prove their case and used the defendant's protected testimony to convict him.

In post-trial motions, the lawyers said Tuesday that Poindexter was victimized by statements he gave to Congress under a grant of immunity from prosecution and that he therefore should be retried.Former White House aide Oliver North testified that he watched as Poindexter tore up a presidential document ratifying a shipment of Hawk anti-aircraft missiles to Iran.

At Poindexter's trial, Rep. Lee Hamilton, D-Ind., blurted out a reference to Poindexter destroying the document.

"The testimony of both witnesses was derived from Admiral Poindexter's immunized testimony," the defense attorneys contended.