hearing pushed to Aug. 25
By Will Shanley, Staff Writer
Saturday, July 8, 2006
A U.S. district judge on Friday pushed back a pretrial
hearing for former Qwest chief Joe Nacchio from next week
until Aug. 25, citing complex rules required for cases
involving classified documents.
U.S. District Judge Edward Nottingham, who is overseeing the
insider-trading case against Nacchio, said during an
afternoon hearing that the court needed more time to ensure
security clearance for its staff and people involved with
Nottingham also said the court needed additional time to
arrange for "special equipment and facilities" to handle the
classified documents, which pertain to government contracts
the Denver-based telephone giant sought while Nacchio was
its chief executive.
"The hearing on (July) 14th was too soon," Nottingham said.
Nacchio's attorneys -- Herbert Stern of New Jersey, who
spoke via telephone, and John Richilano of Denver -- have
filed a slew of motions, including ones requesting a change
of venue and dismissal of charges.
Nottingham said he hoped to hear arguments for all existing
motions at the August hearing.
Government prosecutors on Friday would not rule out filing
Nacchio is free on $2 million bond, but did not appear at
Friday's hearing and is not expected to attend the August
hearing. His attorneys will represent him.
A grand jury indicted Nacchio in December on charges that he
sold more than $100 million in Qwest shares in early 2001
while hiding from the public the company's dire financial
Nacchio denies the charges.
Staff writer Will
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