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NORIEGA CASE CO-DEFENDANTS MAY GET SEPARATE TRIALS

A federal judge offered co-defendants in the Manuel Noriega cocaine smuggling case a chance for separate trials that could begin as early as Jan. 28. United States District Judge William Hoeveler said the co-defendants' rights to speedy trials could be jeopardized if they must wait until Mr. Noriega's attorneys are ready to try the case.

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