Nacchio defense dumps media liaison
By Andy Vuong, Staff Writer
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Veteran public relations representative Charlie Russell has been
let go from his duties as the media liaison for former Qwest
chief executive Joe Nacchio and his attorneys -- just three
weeks after he was hired.
"Defense counsel, having determined that media comment is not
required, have released C.A. Russell Partners from further
engagement in this matter," Russell said in an email today.
Russell, 66, has worked for defense attorneys in many
Two years ago, he was a spokesman for Richard Scrushy during the
former HealthSouth CEO's fraud trial. Scrushy was acquitted of
36 criminal charges but later convicted on mail-fraud and
bribery charges. After the first trial, Russell admitted he
paid $2,500 to a woman who wrote and said flattering remarks
about Scrushy. He said the money was for community-relations
work after the trial, not payment for her statements.
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