Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Selection Committee's Nettesheim Next on the Stand

During a short re-cross after an hour-long break, defense attorney Stephen Hurley asked Thomas if he remembered Thompson specifically saying the contract needed to go to Adelman or whether she was referring generally to a local company.

Thomas said he did not and agreed there was a material difference between the two wordings.

The government has called to the stand Bridget Nettesheim, who served on the selection committee with Thompson.

The defense referred to an interview with Nettesheim in one of its pre-trial filings, arguing that her stated belief that there were "political reasons" behind a statement by Thompson was an example of testimony that should not be allowed at trial. Judge Randa denied the motion yesterday.

-- By David A. Wise

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