Break-in charges dropped against former FBI head

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A federal judge, told by prosecutors that the evidence was unconvincing, dismissed 2 1/2-year-old charges that former acting FBI Director L. Patrick Gray approved illegal break-ins. The ruling cleared Mr. Gray after eight years of investigations into his 11-month term as FBI director. Chief prosecutor John Nields Jr. said the Justice Department was dropping the case because of recent disclosures weakening the evidence that Mr. Gray authorized break-ins in a 1972- 73 hunt for fugitive radicals.

His two former top lieutenants, W. Mark Felt and Edwards S. Miller, face sentencing Monday for their convictions on the same civil-righrs conspiracy charge filed against Mr. Gray.

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