sets rules for sentencing in Nacchio case
Government wants the former Qwest CEO, convicted in April, to
serve more than seven years.
By Andy Vuong, Staff Writer
Thursday, July 19, 2007
U.S. District Judge Edward Nottingham on Wednesday filed his
courtroom rules for the sentencing of former Qwest chief
executive Joe Nacchio, who was convicted on 19 counts of illegal
insider trading in April.
Nacchio's sentencing hearing is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on
"No conversations or gestures that would disrupt the proceedings
... are permitted," Nottingham wrote in his order, filed in
Denver federal court Wednesday.
Media coverage during Nacchio's month-long trial was intense,
and the courtroom was packed on several occasions.
Nottingham has reserved 22 spaces for the media in the
courtroom, which seats about 110 people.
Nottingham will use the same second-floor courtroom he used for
jury selection, which seats about 45 more people than the one
used during the trial.
Public seating will be provided on a first-come, first-served
basis. There will be a live video feed in a 10th-floor overflow
room that seats about 65.
The rules are similar to his guidelines for the trial, which
began March 19 and ended April 19.
The government has recommended that Nacchio serve seven years
and three months in prison, pay $19 million in fines and forfeit
$52 million in gains connected to his stock sales.
Nacchio's attorneys have asked for a "downward departure" on his
sentence because of "extraordinary circumstances concerning the
effect that a lengthy period of incarceration will have on the
health and potential life expectancy of two of his immediate
The family members haven't been identified.
Nacchio's attorneys also noted his charity work.
They have also said Nacchio should be required to forfeit no
more than $1.8 million, which is the amount a defense expert has
said Nacchio gained from selling on the basis of material inside
Staff writer Andy Vuong can be reached at 303-954-1209 or