- The Washington Times - Monday, August 4, 2003

NEW YORK (AP) — The attorney for former star technology banker Frank Quattrone urged a federal judge yesterday to move his upcoming trial from New York to San Francisco, closer to his ailing wife.

Mr. Quattrone has pleaded not guilty to charges he approved an e-mail urging employees at Credit Suisse First Boston to destroy documents investigators wanted to see. He is set to go on trial in Manhattan on Sept. 29.

His wife suffers from a “serious illness” that makes it impossible for her to travel from the family’s home in Menlo Park, Calif., to New York, attorney John W. Keker said. He did not elaborate on the illness.

“To subject him to trial 3,000 miles from where he lives, from his family, we believe overwhelms the other factors,” Mr. Keker said at a hearing in Manhattan federal court.

U.S. District Judge Richard Owen did not immediately rule on the request.

Mr. Keker also said the trial should be in California because many of the defense’s witnesses live there and because Mr. Quattrone worked there when the e-mail was sent.

Federal prosecutors say the trial should be in Manhattan, site of the grand jury that indicted Mr. Quattrone and home to many of the witnesses the government plans to call in its case.

Prosecutors say the trial should last two or three weeks at most.

“Any burden — any inconvenience, is what it is — that will come to the defense and his family is extremely minimal,” Assistant U.S. Attorney David Anders said.

The indictment quotes a Dec. 5, 2000, e-mail that told workers in CSFB’s technology group: “We strongly suggest that before you leave for the holidays, you should catch up on file cleaning.”

The e-mail had been written a day earlier by another CSFB executive, then forwarded by Mr. Quattrone with a note adding, “I strongly advise you to follow these procedures.”

A federal grand jury and regulators were looking into how CSFB allocated shares of initial public stock offerings. The investigation was closed without charges.

Mr. Quattrone is charged with obstruction of justice and witness tampering.

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