How does the political left refer to Ollie North?
The irony of a convicted felon who lied about diverting proceeds from arms sales to a rebel group in Nicaragua supporting a policy that forces gay and lesbian servicemen to lie about their sexual orientation was lost on both Hannity and North.*****
Convicted felon manager in Iran Contra crimes ...*****
By the way, Oliver North is a convicted felon.*****
(jsgaetano, from comments at the Huffington Post)
Oliver North, a convicted felon pardoned by Bush Sr. offers his fact checking abilities on Obama's address to congress.*****
The host usually speaks from a position of moral strength, being himself a recovering alcoholic (Glenn Beck), a drug addict (Rush Limbaugh), or a convicted felon (Gordon Liddy, Oliver North).*****
(Bernard Chazelle, Princeton University)
This brings us to an incident on air several weeks ago that received no publicity. The guest of honor was the heroic, ex-marine-convicted-felon, Oliver (Twisted) North.
You get the idea.
Oliver North was, in fact, convicted on three felony charges out of 16 charges brought against him. So that makes him a convicted felon, right?
Yes, but only temporarily. North's conviction was later vacated on appeal.
The Supreme Court declined to review the case, and Judge Gesell dismissed all charges against North on September 16, 1991, after hearings on the immunity issue, on the motion of the independent counsel. Essentially, North's convictions were overturned because he had been granted limited immunity for his Congressional testimony, and this testimony was deemed to have influenced witnesses at his trial.Writing after the conviction but before Gesell dismissed the charges, one could call North a "convicted felon" without seriously misleading the reader. But one could even today reasonably call North a "felon" minus the "convicted" part since factual guilt was more-or-less established even if moral guilt might remain in doubt.