As the second week of testimony in the criminal fraud trial of three former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives began Monday, defense lawyers attempted to put the most damaging evidence introduced by prosecutors into a context more favorable to their clients.

In several hours of cross-examination Monday, former Dewey & LeBoeuf executive committee member Jane Boisseau admitted that the firm’s partnership agreement didn’t require former chair Steven Davis to seek the executive committee’s approval—or even to inform that committee—about employment terms he set with senior staffers, including executive director Stephen DiCarmine and CFO Joel Sanders, the two nonpartner defendants in the case along with Davis.

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