Oliver North and the others indicted or convicted in the Iran-Contra affair should be pardoned by President Bush, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said Thursday.
Hatch told reporters he believes the jury selection and instructions to the jury were not appropriate in the North trial, and he predicted the case would be thrown out on appeal."Oliver North served this country well," Hatch said. "He made some mistakes." He attributed the mistakes to North's zeal.
Rep. Wayne Owens, D-Utah, said the North trial jury had a "tough decision to make. Even if he was popular, he had to face the music. It would be a travesty to pardon him now," he added.
Sen. Jake Garn, R-Utah, said he still believes that North was a hero during his military service but was not in the Iran-Contra affair.
The congressional policy on Nicaragua was wrong, Garn said. "I voted against it, but it was still the law of the land and it should be followed. I expect he will be sentenced (to jail)," Garn added.