Direct Examination Concludes, Cross-Examination Begins of Former Grace Exec
U.S. Attorney McLean continued direct examination of former Grace executive, Locke, and submitted Exhibit 581 into evidence. Although Mr. Locke’s explanation regarding it was limited by evidentiary objections, the letter was fairly short and easy to understand. It was a letter from 3M about the offer. Money was not the issue regarding its reservations, it was the liabilities. 3M did not want to acquire any liabilities associated with Grace. Exhibit 586 was the last to be admitted during Locke’s direct. It showed that there was no counter-proposal, and that 3M did not go through with the acquisition.
Mr. Locke also testified as to a conversation he had with Mr. Bettacchi regarding the sale of the screening plant to the Parkers. In response to Locke’s concern with the property, Mr. Bettacchi allegedly responded “caveat emptor” (a commonly known term in Latin meaning “buyer beware” – that buyer has the responsibility to research the property).
Direct testimony concluded with discussion of Mr. Locke’s leave from Grace. Mr. Locke stated he left for different reasons, including Grace’s reorganization, increased pressure, and new area of work. A ‘Separation and Release Agreement’ which Mr. Locke never signed was admitted as Exhibit 626B.
Defense Attorney Bernick began cross-examination of Mr. Locke by going over his connection to Grace. Questions generally revolved around impeachment. Mr. Bernick focused on documents Mr. Locke retained without permission after leaving the company, his personal lawsuit with Grace regarding the employment severance, his communication with a Boston Newspaper, and communications with a plaintiff asbestos firm.
Mr. Bernick admitted Exhibit 6938.141 which is the transcript of sworn testimony in 2004 in Missoula, Montana, regarding Locke providing documents and meeting with the government. The transcript states something about “having fun” with the documents. Cross-examination of Mr. Locke will continue after lunch.
– Noelle Harrison
Posted: March 25th, 2009 under Law.