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Nacchio hearing pushed to Aug. 25
By Will Shanley, Staff Writer
Denver Post
Saturday, July 8, 2006

A U.S. district judge on Friday pushed back a pretrial hearing for former Qwest chief Joe Nacchio from next week until Aug. 25, citing complex rules required for cases involving classified documents.

U.S. District Judge Edward Nottingham, who is overseeing the insider-trading case against Nacchio, said during an afternoon hearing that the court needed more time to ensure security clearance for its staff and people involved with the case.

Nottingham also said the court needed additional time to arrange for "special equipment and facilities" to handle the classified documents, which pertain to government contracts the Denver-based telephone giant sought while Nacchio was its chief executive.

"The hearing on (July) 14th was too soon," Nottingham said.

Nacchio's attorneys -- Herbert Stern of New Jersey, who spoke via telephone, and John Richilano of Denver -- have filed a slew of motions, including ones requesting a change of venue and dismissal of charges.

Nottingham said he hoped to hear arguments for all existing motions at the August hearing.

Government prosecutors on Friday would not rule out filing additional motions.

Nacchio is free on $2 million bond, but did not appear at Friday's hearing and is not expected to attend the August hearing. His attorneys will represent him.

A grand jury indicted Nacchio in December on charges that he sold more than $100 million in Qwest shares in early 2001 while hiding from the public the company's dire financial condition.

Nacchio denies the charges.

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