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Seating will be tight at Nacchio's appeal
By Jeff Smith
Rocky Mountain News
Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Limited public seating will be available on a first-come basis for former Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio's appellate hearing Dec. 18.

Oral arguments before a three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals will begin promptly at 2 p.m. at the Byron White U.S. Courthouse in downtown Denver.

The courtroom, which will open at 1 p.m., has room for about 60 spectators, with two rows reserved for the media.  There also will be an overflow room with about 30 seats that will have an audio and video feed, appellate court officials said.  Nacchio's attorneys and federal prosecutors each will have 15 minutes to present arguments.

Nacchio was convicted of 19 counts of insider trading last spring.  He was sentenced to six years in prison, ordered to forfeit $52 million in stock proceeds and pay a $19 million fine. He is free pending the appeal.