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Nacchio case has classified aspects
Lawyers will have to get a national-security

clearance to review some of the evidence.
By Andy Vuong
Denver Post Staff Writer


The criminal insider-trading case against former Qwest chief executive Joe Nacchio may involve classified information that affects national security, a federal judge said Tuesday in a court filing.

As such, the parties in the case will have to receive national-security clearance to review the classified information, U.S. District Judge Edward Nottingham said in a court order.

Nottingham outlined the clearance procedure in the order, which also requires government and defense attorneys to file under seal any information related to the case that they believe may be classified.

Nacchio faces 42 counts of illegal insider trading connected to his sale of $100.8 million in Qwest stock in early 2001. Prosecutors allege he knew that the company's finances were faltering.

Nacchio has pleaded not guilty.

Tuesday's order was drafted by the government and reviewed by the defense.

Nacchio's attorneys have said they want to use the classified information to argue that Nacchio had a rosy outlook for Qwest because he knew the company was in line to receive large government contracts.

While at Qwest, Nacchio served on two federal advisory panels dealing with national-security issues.

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