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PROSECUTORS SAY BARRY TRIED TO `INFECT' JURY

Prosecutors in the drug and perjury trial of Mayor Marion Barry say Barry has tried to "infect" the jury by accusing the government of leaking a videotape that allegedly shows him smoking crack cocaine.

As jury selection continued slowly and U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson complained of falling "way, way behind schedule," Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Roberts complained that Barry was generating negative publicity and turning sentiment toward him before his trial began. The selection process resumed Wednesday with the questioning of three prospective jurors.