Quattrone is due to be tried April 13 on charges he obstructed a 2000 government probe into stock allocation by his bank, Credit Suisse First Boston. His first trial ended in a hung jury last fall.
The government claims an e-mail Quattrone sent to employees in December 2000 was an attempt to get them to destroy files being sought in the investigation.
Quattrone claims he was merely following bank policy _ which called for routine document destruction _ by sending the e-mail. The note encouraged subordinates to “clean up those files” for the holidays.
Among other requests, Quattrone’s lawyers asked U.S. District Judge Richard Owen for permission to tell jurors that he was never charged in the original stock allocation probe.
“He therefore had no motive to interfere with the investigation,” Quattrone’s lawyers wrote in papers filed with the judge.
The judge denied that request for the first trial, ruling that what happened in the investigation after Quattrone’s Dec. 5, 2000, e-mail was not relevant to whether he was trying to hinder the probe.
Quattrone’s lawyers also asked the judge to allow them to argue that the bank never disciplined or reprimanded him for sending the e-mail.