Former Qwest chief executive Joe Nacchio looks likely to have his conviction affirmed in review by the en banc United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, based upon the questions asked at oral arguments. A three judge panel in the case had ordered a new trial. The principal issue on appeal is whether expert witness testimony from Nacchio was properly excluded.
Meanwhile, two new U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado judges were confirmed by the Senate today. Philip Brimmer and Christine Arguello will join the bench as lifetime appointees, after Senators Salazar and Allard from Colorado, and U.S. Attorney Troy Eid, agreed on the appointments.