Friday, May 21, 1999

Ventura seeks details of deal ex-reporter cut

Gallagher will testify against alleged helper

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The attorney for George Ventura wants prosecutors to turn over all details of the cooperation agreement they reached with a key witness against his client.

        The witness, former Cincinnati Enquirer reporter Michael Gallagher, has agreed to testify when Mr. Ventura goes on trial in July for allegedly stealing voice-mail messages from Chiquita Brands International Inc.

        Mr. Ventura's lawyer, Marc Mezibov, said Thursday he soon will file a formal request for a 51-page summary of Mr. Gallagher's interview with investigators.

        He said the summary was later used by prosecutors to develop their cooperation agreement with Mr. Gallagher.

        Mr. Gallagher has pleaded guilty to two felony charges accusing him of illegally accessing Chiquita's voice-mail system.

        Prosecutors say he accessed the system while researching articles about the company's business practices. They say Mr. Ventura, a former Chiquita lawyer, provided the secret codes Mr. Gallagher needed to do it.

        The Enquirer later renounced the articles, fired Mr. Gallagher and agreed to pay Chiquita more than $10 million.


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