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NORTH FINED $150,000 FOR FOR ROLE IN IRAN-CONTRA

Former White House aide Oliver North was fined $150,000 Wednesday but did not receive a jail term for his role in the Iran-contra scandal. The retired Marine lieutenant colonel received a three-year suspended sentence and two years' probation and was ordered to perform 1,200 hours of community service with inner-city youth.

Judge Gerhard Gesell said that even though Mr. North was following orders, ``you're not the fall guy for this tragic breach of the public trust.'' North, who was also barred from holding federal office, faced a maximum of 10 years in prison and fines totaling $750,000.

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