A jury Friday began deliberating the fate of Oliver North, after one of the alternate jurors said of North's role in the Iran-Contra affair: "He knew it was wrong."
"No one said `if you don't do this we're going to fire you,' " alternate juror Horasina McKie told CBS News, addressing one of the central points North used in his defense - that all his actions were authorized by superiors.McKie, among the five alternates excused from the panel Thursday, said she thinks President Ronald Reagan knew about North's activities. "I believe Mr. Reagan knew what was going on," she said. "I can't say he knew everything, but I think he knew enough to know what was going on. I mean, you see (national security adviser Robert) McFarlane every week."
Reagan told the Tower commission on Jan. 26, 1987, that he did not know that the National Security Council staff was engaged in helping the Contra rebels in Nicaragua.
During two hours of deliberations Friday morning, the jury sent out requests to the judge for more copies of the jury instructions, pencils, writing paper and paper clips. They also asked when lunch would be, saying through an emissary that "we want to get on a schedule." Lunch will be at noon each day.
The jury foreman, Denise Anderson, 34, presides over a group of nine women and three men chosen for their task 2 1/2 months ago because they were among the few Americans who hadn't watched, read or heard anything substantial about North's televised testimony in 1987.
Anderson, a hospital employee, was picked for the jury after telling lawyers: "I don't like the news."