A federal appeals court Friday denied requests by some Iran-Contra figures that it withhold all or most of a special prosecutor's final report on the scandal.
The report will be released "substantially in its entirety" in 10 days unless those who sought the suppression appeal to the Supreme Court, the appeals panel said. In that case, the release would be delayed until the high court acts.Friday's ruling did not say who is seeking suppression of the report by independent counsel Lawrence Walsh.
"It is in the public interest that this matter of extended national controversy be afforded as full a conclusion as possible," Court of Appeals Judge David Sentelle wrote for the panel.
The panel said it found "considerable merit" in the arguments of those seeking suppression on grounds of fairness, noting that the report is "rife with accusations of guilt of criminal conduct against persons never indicted or convicted." But the subjects of the investigation have already been publicly disclosed, the court said.