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    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA

    Former car magnate John De Lorean was found not guilty of drugs charges in Los Angeles on August 16.

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    1. GV Court building. 0.07
    2. GV & SV De Lorean car arrives, De Lorean out of car and walks with wife through cameramen into court building. (2 SHOTS) 1.06
    3. SV & GVs Cameraman and onlookers wait for Lorean to leave court after acquittal. (3 SHOTS) 1.18
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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA

    Former car magnate John De Lorean was found not guilty of drugs charges in Los Angeles on August 16. The verdict, handed down six men and six women jurors, ended one of the most sensational trials in United States legal history. De Lorean had been accused of conspiracy to possess and distribute dozens of kilograms of cocaine, worth an estimated street value of 24 million US dollars. If convicted, 59-year-old De Lorean could have been sentenced to 67 years in prison on eight charges. The jury had considered its verdict for seven days. When the verdict was announced, De Lorean, with tears rolling down his cheeks, rushed across the courtroom to embrace his 34-year-old model wife, Cristina Ferrare. The defence had maintained that US government agents and a convicted drugs smuggler and government informant, James Hoffman, had tried unsuccessfully to trap De Lorean into a giant drugs deal, The prosecution had alleged that De Lorean had tried to save his ailing British sports car company in Belfast, Northern Ireland, by organising a cocaine deal. He was found no guilty after the court had heard 18,000 pages of evidence from 17 witnesses, inspected 200 exhibits, and listed to six hours of video and audio tapes recorded secretly by government agents as De Lorean met with undercover operatives.

    Source: BBC/NBC

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7I7JMGVDT9Y3C4E21VF2DOZHU
    Media URN:
    VLVA7I7JMGVDT9Y3C4E21VF2DOZHU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/08/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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