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Prosecutors Mention, But Don’t Call, Ex-Qwest Lawyer

Posted Apr 16, 2007 2:32 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Prosecutors repeatedly mentioned the name of Qwest’s former vice president for legal affairs during the four-week trial of the company's CEO.

But the lawyer, Yash Rana, never testified. He had told both sides that, if called, he would invoke his right against self-incrimination, according to a story in the Denver Post.

Prosecutors say Rana helped Joe Nacchio, the CEO on trial for insider trading, prepare documents related to stock sales. Rana is now working at Goodwin Procter in New York.

Rana’s attorney, Tom Johnson, spoke to the Rocky Mountain News about the case last week.

"Mr. Rana has not been asked to testify by either side in the case," Johnson says. "While we believe he has done nothing wrong and has nothing to hide, I may decide it's best he assert his Fifth Amendment rights."

The jury resumed deliberations in the case today.

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