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September 30, 2004 | From Associated Press
Federal prosecutors added perjury and obstruction-of-justice charges to the criminal case against fired HealthSouth Corp. Chief Executive Richard Scrushy under a new indictment in the rehabilitation giant's accounting scandal. The new charges were announced by the Justice Department in a superseding indictment that trimmed the total number of counts from 85 to 58. Scrushy, 52, told U.S. Magistrate Judge T. Michael Putnam during an arraignment that he was "absolutely not guilty."
September 16, 2004 | Walter Hamilton, Times Staff Writer
Fluff the pillows and tuck in the bedsheets: Martha Stewart says she's ready to go to prison, and the sooner the better. The home-design entrepreneur asked a federal judge Wednesday to allow her to begin her sentence right away, saying she wanted to put her prison time behind her so she could get on with her life and career. Stewart insists she is innocent and is pressing ahead with an appeal of her criminal obstruction-of-justice conviction.
September 15, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Former Credit Suisse First Boston banker Frank Quattrone, who was sentenced to 18 months in prison last week, won a ruling Tuesday that temporarily sealed letters relatives and friends sent to the judge in his case seeking leniency. The U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan granted Quattrone's emergency request to seal the letters after he said they contained personal details about the health of his wife and 15-year-old daughter.
September 14, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Frank Quattrone, who was sentenced to 18 months in prison last week, asked an appeals court Monday to seal letters from family and friends seeking leniency for the former investment banker, saying they contain undisclosed personal details about the health of his wife and teenage daughter. Quattrone, who was convicted of obstructing justice, filed an emergency request with the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. He also criticized U.S.
September 9, 2004 | Walter Hamilton and Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writers
Frank Quattrone, the high-powered Silicon Valley investment banker who once made $120 million in a single year, was sentenced to 18 months in prison Wednesday for obstructing government probes of hot stock offerings at the height of the bull market. U.S. District Judge Richard Owen brushed aside a plea for leniency, imposing a term exceeding federal sentencing guidelines. Quattrone told the judge that he had to care for his sick wife and daughter.
July 13, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Former Credit Suisse First Boston banker Frank Quattrone, convicted in May of obstructing a federal investigation of initial public stock offerings, on Monday was denied a new trial by a judge he had accused of erroneous jury instructions. Quattrone, who claimed that U.S. District Judge Richard Owen had made errors in telling jurors how to weigh evidence from the trial in New York, is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 8.
July 9, 2004 | Walter Hamilton, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge on Thursday denied Martha Stewart's request for a new trial, declaring that the evidence against her was so overwhelming that the alleged perjury of a government witness did not compromise her March 5 criminal conviction. The 43-page ruling by U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum clears the way for Stewart to be sentenced July 16 for lying to government investigators about a 2001 stock sale. Legal experts say she is likely to get a prison term of 10 to 16 months.
June 26, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
The judge presiding over Martha Stewart's obstruction-of-justice case has postponed her sentencing for eight days so defense attorneys can file court papers, prosecutors said. Stewart, who was scheduled to be sentenced July 8, will come before U.S. District Judge Miriam Cedarbaum on July 16. Stewart faces 10 to 16 months in federal prison for obstructing a federal investigation into why she sold stock in ImClone Systems Inc. in December 2001.
June 11, 2004 | Thomas S. Mulligan, Times Staff Writer
Martha Stewart asked for a new trial Thursday, saying her March 5 conviction was tainted by a witness' lies. Court papers filed by Stewart's lawyers contend that testimony by a Secret Service lab director who was indicted this week on perjury charges was "the capstone" of the government's effort to show that Stewart and her former stockbroker, Peter E. Bacanovic, lied to cover up the circumstances of her sale of stock in a biotechnology company.
May 28, 2004 | Mark Arax and Jenifer Warren, Times Staff Writers
A yearlong investigation into alleged wrongdoing by Los Angeles parole agents ended with no discipline because corrections officials failed to act before the statute of limitations expired, the new chief of California's prison system said Thursday. Meanwhile, some of the parole agents suspected of wrongdoing were honored last week on the steps of the Capitol by the Department of Corrections, which awarded them Distinguished Service Medals for their "exemplary" work.
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