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Panama City News Herald (Newspaper) - March 31, 1990, Panama City, Florida Poindexter trial nears end prosecutor Poindexter had North lie % Pete Yost associated press Washington the prosecutor at John Poindexter a Iran a Ontra trial said today in closing arguments that evidence against the former National Security adviser is overwhelming and that Poindexter directed Oliver North to lie to Congress. But Poindexter a defense attorney told the jury that Poindexter was a victim caught in a a political battled Between Congress and the White House and was not part of a coverup conspiracy. Poindexter is accused of concealing from Congress North s secret military assistance to the contras and the . Role in a november 1985 shipment of Hawk missiles to Iran. His Case is expected to go to the jury next week after four weeks of testimony. In his closing arguments today prosecutor Dan w7ebb said the jury must convict Poindexter a because the Boss can to escape Legal responsibility just because he did no to get his hands Webb said Poindexter a generally instructed North to go to a meeting with congressmen and lie by denying he was assisting the contras militarily. North a was there because the defendant on trial in this Case his commander sent him there to do that a said Webb. But Poindexter s attorney Richard Beckley told the jurors that a the Only real victim As a result of this political Battle is Admiral John Poindexter did a this Ever Loving Best to give As much information As he could Tell to Congress said the lawyer. Poindexter was not part of a some Grimy Little conspiracy As the prosecution a would have you believe a said Beckler. A the was working for the president of the United Webb said that if the jurors sat in 1,000 cases they would a never find evidence More powerful and More convincing. It is the defense witnesses included former president Reagan who Webb said a did no to have the slightest clue whether John John Poindexter right and his attorney Richard Beckler arrive at . District court Friday. Poindexter did or did not participate in the crimes he is accused of committing. A presidential document which Poindexter Tore up a is the one document that puts the lies to a speech Reagan gave on nov. 13, 1986, Webb said. In it Reagan asserted that a we did not. Trade weapons. For a you done to lie to the american Public a Webb said of Reagan. The prosecutor at one Point Tore up a copy of the document in front of the jury to dramatize what Poindexter had done. Poindexter destroyed the document hours after telling Congress on nov. 21, 1986, that the president Hadnot approved a shipment of Hawk missiles to Iran in november 1986. The document signed by Reagan called a finding depicted a Swap of arms for hostages. In two Days of videotaped testimony Reagan was questioned by defense attorney Beckler about his various meetings with foreign leaders in support of the nicaraguan contras. A for the life of me i could not understand what that had to do with the issues in this Case a said Webb. Webb said he became a a Little bit angry when Reagan winked at Poindexter during his testimony As if to say a did that last answer help you John a a i would have expected More of a former president a said Webb. Webb said the defense had engaged in a a scatter gun lets throw mud against the Wall lets see what happens approach. A that Type of defense insults your intelligence a Webb told the jury. When the defense rested tuesday after calling 15 witnesses Webb called no rebuttal witnesses for the government. A there was nothing to rebut a said Webb. Big easter amp doll Sale 2303 Winona drive Between 23rd amp Airport fast Forward into the nineties with our custom built entertainment furniture. 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Richard Wadlegger 44, a mechanical Engineer who owns the Birch acres nudist Camp is equally committed to a clothes free unconstrained lifestyle. But neither can tolerate the others state of nature. He complains about exotic cattle horses ponies sheep dogs chickens geese ducks and More coming onto his land leaving a Meadow muffins and other offensive droppings. She complains about naked a a weirdos on her property which straddles the Only Road into Birch acres. She says some of the nudists a urinate on the he complains that bands of roving horses and the huge scottish Highland cattle with their big horns and great shaggy red Coats. A have terrified some of my she complains that nudists jogging Down the Road or driving through her farm a Are appalling to my visitors who Are Christian god fearing and so it goes Back and Forth Back and Forth with accusations and denials flying faster than the Khaki Campbell ducks and denunciations on both sides piling up More rapidly than the cow pies. Neither Side foresees an end to the 15-year-old feud which initially and so it goes Back and Forth with accusations and denials flying faster than the Khaki Campbell ducks and denunciations on both sides piling up More rapidly than the cow pies. Involved Halten a parents now dead. Hancock officials and other residents of the Hillside Village population 700, have largely kept Clear of the fray. As one remarked a a it a the kind of Cross fire you done to want to be caught but the towns Board of health was called into the dispute when Wadlegger charged the animals were defiling his Camp and Halten charged the Campos defective septic system was leaching sewage onto her property. The health Board concluded it a could no to determine who was be fouling whom a according to Board member Elliott Fenander. The courts however consistently have sided with Wadlegger. And if the two neighbors can to resolve their differences within a year Halten May lose her farm. Since 1975, when Wadlegger bought Birch acres courts have levied More than $25,000 in damages and penalties against Halten Swandak farm for failing to restrain its animals. Halten mortgaged part of the farm to pay the fines. With All the Money the family has paid Berkshire Superior court judge William w7. Simons remarked during a recent hearing they a could have built the great Wall of China along the approximately one half mile of common Boundary Between the farm and the nudist Camp. But Halten refuses to mend her ways. She does no to think she should be blamed. A if you be lived on a farm you know Gates get blown open. Fences get knocked Down. And the nature of animals is that they get Loose. But Stock does no to get out on a daily basis a she said. 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