Via Valleywag – and unbelievably I’m relying on Valleywag for hard news – former Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio will get a new trial after the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that evidence was properly excluded from his trial. Nacchio claims that he expected income from government contracts but the contracts were canceled when his company declined to comply with government demands for customer information. The trial court didn’t allow this allegation into evidence.
As I speculated last October, the administration is probably working so assiduously on immunity for telecom firms because the telecoms have information about yet more administration surveillance activities than has been revealed to date. Nacchio’s new trial may bring some of this information to light.
Update: Sure enough, Valleywag is not reliable.