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Judge orders delay in De Lorean trial

A federal judge delayed John De Lorean's cocaine-trafficking trial indefinitely Monday, saying justice ''may have been severely compromised'' because FBI videotapes of Mr. De Lorean's arrest were shown on national television. US District Court Judge Robert Takasugi predicted the airing of the tapes would make it very difficult to seat an impartial jury.

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The judge's order Saturday blocking CBS and its local station from televising the tapes was reversed 24 hours later by an appellate court. The judge also postponed to Nov. 8 a continuing pretrial hearing on the admissibility of polygraph evidence, saying he would set a new trial date at that time. De Lorean was arrested last year on charges of financing a cocaine transaction to save his failing Northern Ireland car company.

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