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John Zachary De Lorean (born January 6, 1925) started in the United States automobile business in the 1950s with Pontiac. By 1970 he was managing Chevrolet and was tipped to be president of General Motors. But he chafed at management restrictions there and resigned to build his own type of sports car, the De Lorean, which was featured in the movie Back to the Future. The DeLorean was made out of stainless steel and featured gull wing doors.

On October 19, 1982, John was charged with the crime of selling cocaine to undercover police (at the Los Angeles International Airport); De Lorean successfully defended himself with a procedural defense, arguing that the police had asked him to sell them the cocaine (and threatened him as a form of coercion); he was found "not guilty" due to entrapment. His attorney stated in Time (March 19, 1984), "This [was] a fictitious crime. Without the Government, there would be no crime."



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