Getting Back to Blogging

I've been absent a lot the past few days because I've been working on my cases in the morning so I could attend and live-blog the jury selection and opening arguments of the Joseph Nacchio insider trading trial that began this week in Denver. A big thanks to Big Tent Democrat and TChris for posting in my absence.

A few things I learned from the Nacchio trial: I'm clueless about stock trading. I don't know a recurring revenue from a one-timer, a publicly stated financial target from a growth target, a sale of stock from a sale of a stock option. Nor do I want to.

I'll take kilos of pot, the legalities of wiretapping, how to cook powder coke into crack or whether lies amount to obstruction of justice any day of the week over this stuff. It's a good thing I'm not on the Nacchio jury. The learning curve would be way too steep.

Anyway, I'm done live-blogging Nacchio until the cooperating witnesses testify. That's the juicy part to me. Did they agree to tell the Government's truth in exchange for promises of leniency for their own misdeeds?

The highlight of the day for me was getting to talk to our relatively new U.S. Attorney Troy Eid in the elevator.


I thought he was a DOJ media guy until he introduced himself to me. He doesn't try cases, so there's no reason I would know what he looks like. Of course I asked him about the firing scandal, but he couldn't talk about that. The most I learned was that he gets up every day at 4:15 am to go work out. He volunteered that after I told him I was leaving the trial because I had to be at the gym at 4:30. I will say that he is extremely personable and very well dressed. And that he told me he knew who I was "by name", whatever that means.

Anyway, it's time to get back to my own cases and to blogging here about the things on my normal beat: the crime in politics and the politics of crime -- and bringing to light all the failures of our current Administration.

Update: I guess I'm hooked. I'm heading back down to the trial for a few hours.

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    and next time you see him (none / 0) (#1)
    by scribe on Tue Mar 20, 2007 at 11:10:32 PM EST
    you can tell Mr. Eid one of your readers told you his name means "oath" in German.

    He's not German (none / 0) (#2)
    by Jeralyn on Tue Mar 20, 2007 at 11:19:27 PM EST
    He's an Arab American, the son of an Egypstian immigrant, in fact, the first Arab American U.S. Attorney. He was appointed in 2006, well after 9/11.  His wife is a Justice on the Colorado Supreme Court.

    I had no way of knowing his ethnicity (none / 0) (#3)
    by scribe on Wed Mar 21, 2007 at 07:31:21 AM EST
    nor do I know what his name means in the land of his forebears.  I merely noted the apparent irony of the meaning of his name in another language.

    Interesting Hebrew Etymology (none / 0) (#4)
    by ding7777 on Wed Mar 21, 2007 at 08:17:13 AM EST
    According to Klein and others , the word eid עיד is related to the word od עוד - whose basic meaning is "repeat" or "do again", and therefore eid means "that which returns (every year)". From עוד we get a number of words: ed עד - witness, "someone who repeats what he says, i.e. affirms that it is true"