attorneys say items withheld
By Greg Griffin, Staff Writer
Friday, January 26, 2007
Attorneys for former Qwest
chief executive Joe Nacchio complained to a federal judge
Thursday that prosecutors are dragging their feet in getting
evidence to them as the March 19 trial approaches.
They asked U.S. District Judge Edward Nottingham to compel the
government to produce information from witness interviews that
would be favorable to Nacchio's defense.
The government is required by law to do so.
Nacchio's attorneys, Herbert Stern and John Richilano,
complained that the government recently gave them a list of
video interviews that contained 100 interviews they were not
aware of. The list was created Dec. 5, 2005, before Nacchio was
indicted later that month, they said.
They also complained that the government had not supplied
evidence that Nottingham on Wednesday ordered the government to
A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office declined to comment.
Nacchio faces 42 criminal counts of insider trading. The
government accuses Nacchio of illegally selling $101 million in
Qwest shares from January to May 2001 while he knew the
company's financial prospects were deteriorating. Nacchio has
pleaded not guilty.
Nacchio's attorneys said he alone was aware of lucrative
classified government contracts that Qwest was likely to win.
On Wednesday, Nottingham ordered prosecutors to turn over
evidence that would rebut Nacchio's national-security defense.
The government's evidence in question is classified information
that it would use to challenge Nacchio's defense.
Attorneys will discuss the case with Nottingham during a
conference this morning.
Staff writer Greg Griffin
can be reached at 303-954-1241 or email@example.com.