hearing held in insider trading case
By Sandy Shore, Associated Press
Rocky Mountain News
Friday, March 9, 2007
Prosecutors and Joe Nacchio's attorneys briefly criticized one
another Friday before they huddled privately with a judge to
discuss the former Qwest chief's upcoming insider trading
trial. The defense complaint centered on the evidence exchange
process which they said was too slow and noted they have
received nearly 20,000 pages of material since Feb. 1.
Prosecutors sought permission to respond a defense brief they
believe was filed after a deadline.
U.S. District Judge Edward Nottingham urged both sides to file
briefs on issues with enough time for him to consider the
arguments and rule, noting that the trial is set March 19, a
little more than a week away.
Nacchio was not present for the hearing, the last scheduled
status conference before his trial. However, defense attorney
Herbert Stern said he would consult with prosecutors about
whether another hearing will be needed next week and inform the
The attorneys and Nottingham then convened behind closed doors
to discuss secret government documents that are protected from
public release by federal law. Attorneys and Nottingham are
working on substitute explanations for the material that will be
used at trial.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys left the courtroom without
An unspecified number of prospective jurors has been summoned
for the trial, which is expected to last up to eight weeks.
Nottingham plans to seat 12 jurors and eight alternates.