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POINDEXTER TRIAL WAS FAIR, JUDGE RULES

John Poindexter was tried fairly, a federal judge ruled Friday, clearing the way for the former White House national security adviser to be sentenced next week for his Iran-Contra crimes.

U.S. District Judge Harold Greene ruled that Poindexter's congressional testimony during the summer of 1987 was not used against him during trial.Poindexter, who was Ronald Reagan's national security adviser during the scandal that overshadowed the president's second term, is scheduled to be sentenced Monday.

He was convicted April 7 of five felony charges carrying a possible 25-year prison sentence and $1.25 million in fines.