Nacchio at impasse on evidence
By Andy Vuong, Staff Writer
Thursday, February 8, 2007
The Department of Justice
said in a court filing it is at an impasse with attorneys
for former Qwest chief executive Joe Nacchio over how the
parties will handle the introduction of certain classified
information during the course of his criminal
Nacchio's attorneys have said they plan to use classified
information to defend him against 42 counts of illegal
Prosecutors said in the filing that the defense's proposed
handling of certain top-secret information is not acceptable
to an unnamed government agency.
"The agency believes that the defendant's proposals, if
adopted, will reveal the agency;s identify," Justice
Department attorneys wrote in the filing, which was made
The government asked U.S. District Judge Edward Nottingham
to rule on its proposed handling of the information.
A hearing is scheduled for today to resolve pending issues
ahead of the trial, set to begin March 19.
In a separate filing Tuesday, Nacchio's attorneys asked
Nottingham to delay the trial by at least 60 days so they
can review new evidence that the government has recently
Nacchio faces 42 counts of illegal insider trading connected
to his sale of $101 million in Qwest stock in early 2001.
The government alleges Nacchio sold the stock while he knew
the company's finances were deteriorating.
Nacchio has pleased not guilty. He faces up to 10 years in
prison and a $1 million fine for each count. His attorneys
have said he had a rosy outlook for Qwest at the time of the
stock sales because he knew the company was in line to
receive large top-secret government contracts.
Staff writer Andy Vuong
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