Attorneys in Nacchio case want jury questions sealed
By Andy Vuong, Staff Writer
Article Last Updated: 01/22/2007 11:19:46 AM MST
Prosecutors and defense attorneys in the criminal insider
trading case against former Qwest chief executive Joe
Nacchio have asked a judge to seal their proposed jury
The parties submitted their joint jury questions on Friday.
"The purpose of the questionnaire is to assist in the
selection of an impartial jury and to address issues such as
pretrial publicity and prejudicial opinions held by
potential jurors," prosecutors and defense attorneys wrote
in the joint filing. "Public filing of the proposed
questionnaire will undoubtedly attract the type of public
discussion and attention that will hinder the purpose of a
Nacchio's attorneys plan to use classified information to
defend him against 42 counts of illegal insider trading
connected to his sale of $101 million in Qwest stock in
early 2001. Nacchio faces up to 10 years in prison and a $1
million fine for each count. He has pleaded not guilty.
U.S. District Judge Edward Nottingham has held a series of
closed-door hearings to determine what classified
information will be permitted during the trial, slated to
begin March 19.
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