SLC Trial Resumes After Recess
NOVEMBER 12, 2003 (ATR) - The trial of former Salt Lake City bid leaders Tom Welch and Dave Johnson resumes today after a break of two days for the Veterans' Day holiday.
Former SLOC finance officer Rod Hamson remains on the witness stand for the fourth day, this time facing cross-examination by defense attorney Max Wheeler. Hamson's testimony last week on behalf of the prosecution, detailing numerous transactions of cash sent by check and wire transfer to IOC members.
Wheeler was able to begin his cross examine last Friday, quickly establishing that Hamson first believed the payments to the IOC members were approved expenses. But Wheeler then got Hamson to admit he changed his opinion the more he met with federal investigators, acknowledging that he had been granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for his testimony.
Welch and Johnson face 15 counts of bribery and conspiracy involving the bid for the 2002 Winter Games. They are accused of secretly spending at least $1 million on IOC members and their families in order to secure their votes.