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ATLANTA — Prosecutors and the defense lawyer for a former Coca-Cola secretary who is charged with conspiring to steal trade secrets from the world’s largest beverage maker sparred Tuesday over what kind of evidence should be disclosed. Joya Williams and co-defendants Edmund Duhaney and Ibrahim Dimson have been charged with stealing new product samples and confidential documents from Coca-Cola and trying to sell them to rival Pepsi. Williams’ attorney, Janice Singer, asked U.S. District Court Judge J. Owen Forrester to make prosecutors disclose which of the approximately 4,000 pages of documents seized are considered trade secrets. She argued that some � such as e-mails with flight plans for Williams’ boss, Coke’s global brand director � were not secret but routine documents she needed for her job, and asked prosecutors to prove how they can be used in the conspiracy case. Assistant U.S. District Attorney Randy Chartash said the government wants to introduce trade secrets at the trial, scheduled to begin in January, but asked the judge to issue guidelines on how to do so without entering them in the public record. The judge recently denied Singer’s latest request for a trial delay. Chartash proposed offering two copies of the relevant documents � one for the judge and jury and a redacted one for the public, but both the defense and the judge rejected the plan. Forrester asked prosecutors to write him a memorandum on how they plan to introduce the evidence and deferred ruling on it. While Dimson and Duhaney have pleaded guilty, and Duhaney is expected to testify against Williams, Williams continues to maintain her innocence. In court, Duhaney has said that Williams, a longtime friend, contacted him first and wanted to “make things happen,” while Dimson testified that Duhaney then contacted him to try to broker a deal with PepsiCo Inc. The alleged plans were foiled after Pepsi, based in Purchase, N.Y., warned Atlanta-based Coca-Cola. Coke has declined to reveal which product or products are linked to the samples found in Duhaney’s home during a search on July 5, the day all three were arrested. Prosecutors got the defense’s and the judge’s reassurance Tuesday that even if that sample is introduced at trial, there will be no disclosure of the secret ingredients.

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