3 September 2003
Weekday at Bernie's
Embattled WorldCom boss Bernard J. Ebbers will appear in Oklahoma County District Court today to answer the charges filed against him by Attorney General Drew Edmondson last week. For some reason, Edmondson himself will not appear.
Reid Weingarten, counsel for Ebbers, has already indicated which way he plans to go with this matter:
It is not apparent from the charging document, which contains no specific allegations of wrongdoing by Bernard Ebbers, what the local Oklahoma authorities think they have uncovered that the federal authorities have overlooked.
Edmondson has come under fire from federal prosecutors and financial analysts for taking this action, a matter to which he is utterly indifferent:
As long as they don't try to interfere, I don't really care a whole lot what they think.
Given his track record, he probably doesn't have to.