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Ex-Qwest CEO accused of insider trading
Judge reveals rules for long-anticipated trial
By Andy Vuong, Staff Writer
Denver Post
Wednesday, March 7, 2007

U.S. District Judge Edward Nottingham on Tuesday laid out the ground rules for the upcoming criminal insider trading trial of former Qwest chief executive Joe Nacchio.

The trial, expected to draw considerable attention from the public and media, is set to begin March 19 in federal court in Denver and could last up to eight weeks.

Nottingham has reserved 10 seats in Courtroom A1001 for Nacchio's family, 12 seats for the press and 30 seats for the general public.  An overflow courtroom featuring live video and audio feeds that seats 65 will also be available.  Those seats will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Cameras and sound-recording devices are not allowed in the courthouse, at 901 19th St.  Phones, PDAs and pagers are allowed but will have to be silenced in the courtroom.

Exhibits and evidence introduced during the trial will not be available to the public for copying or inspection.

"Trial will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. Monday, March 19," Nottingham wrote in Tuesday's order. 

The trial will be in session Monday through Thursday.

The audience will likely include local and national media, current and former Qwest/US West employees and others who aren't connected to the company.

"I'll go down there even on the first day to see how the wind's blowing," said Centennial resident Joe Hannan, 77, a Texaco retiree.  "If I had a (press) pass, I'd be there every day."

The Association of US West Retirees plans to have at least one representative attend each day of the trial, president Mimi Hull said after last week's pretrial hearing.

Jury selection will occur in courtroom A201, which seats 110.  Nottingham set a series of guidelines for dealing with jurors.

Conversations with jurors before they are discharged by the court is prohibited.

"Following jurors, obtaining their license-plate numbers, photographing them, or attempting in any way to obtain their identities is prohibited," Nottingham wrote.

Staff writer Andy Vuong can be reached at 303-954-1209 or