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US must name prosecutor in briefing-papers case

A federal judge has ordered Attorney General William French Smith to seek appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate how Jimmy Carter's briefing papers were passed to Ronald Reagan's 1980 campaign.

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US District Judge Harold Greene, rejecting arguments from the Justice Department, told Mr. Smith Monday he had seven days to apply to a special court for the appointment to investigate whether any high-level government official had violated criminal law.

The ruling comes three months after the Justice Department closed its books on the case without bringing any criminal prosecutions.

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