After a federal judge warned that "heads will roll" in the McAfee case, a Howrey counsel explained that critical e-mails in a stock option prosecution against McAfee's former GC weren't turned over sooner because contract lawyers at the firm had marked them "not relevant," and the problem wasn't spotted by more senior lawyers. The explanation came after a full trial day as the government kicked off its case against Kent Roberts. A Howrey partner characterized the omission as inadvertent, though defense lawyers from Cooley Godward Kronish expressed astonishment.
Trial of McAfee Former GC Begins, Delay in Disclosing Critical E-Mails Explained
September 19, 2008