Judge denies Nacchio's request for prison furlough
By Andy Vuong
A federal judge Thursday denied former Qwest chief executive Joe Nacchio's request for a furlough from prison.
Nacchio, serving a six-year term in
The yet-to-be-scheduled hearing stems from Nacchio's plan to waive his right to attend his resentencing.
U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger wants to see Nacchio in person to ensure that the waiver is "voluntary and informed," requirements for such requests to be granted. She rejected his request to accept a written waiver.
The resentencing — which is split into two phases and could
shorten Nacchio's prison term — had been slated to start
Wednesday. But Krieger on Thursday canceled that hearing since,
according to Nacchio's attorney, the government can't transport
Nacchio would travel via a Boeing 727 operated by the Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System.
If he had been granted a furlough, Nacchio would have covered his travel expenses.
Nacchio was convicted of illegal insider trading in April 2007 and began serving his term last April. In July, an appeals-court panel granted him a resentencing, ruling that the trial judge miscalculated during the initial sentencing.