Judge demands papers tied to Clinton's pardon of Rich

Chicago Tribune - December 14, 2001


-- A federal judge Thursday ordered lawyers for Marc Rich to turn over documents withheld from a grand jury investigating President Bill Clinton's last-minute pardon of the fugitive financier.

The documents involve efforts by Rich's lawyers to win him a pardon.

U.S. District Judge Denny Chin said attorney-client privilege does not protect the materials from release.

Rich was indicted in 1983 on federal charges accusing him of evading more than $48 million in income taxes and illegally buying oil from Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis.

Rich, ex-husband of Denise Rich, a major contributor to the Democratic Party, left the country before he was indicted and has been living in Switzerland.

Clinton pardoned Rich last January as the president issued 176 pardons and clemencies on his last day in office.

The last-minute pardons and commutations prompted congressional hearings and an investigation by federal prosecutors in New York.

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