Jury Continues in Pentagon Case
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) _ Jurors in the Pentagon procurement bribery and conspiracy trial began a fourth day of deliberations today.
When they left Wednesday without a verdict, the four women and eight men had spent more than 27 hours considering the case against Dale Schnittjer, Eugene Sullivan and George Kaub, former executive vice presidents at Teledyne Electronics in Newbury Park, Calif.
The defendants are charged with bribery, conspiracy and wire fraud in a scheme the government said involved hiring a private consultant to pay bribes to a Navy official for inside information about a $24-million contract that Teledyne ultimately won in July, 1987.
The three men are the first to be brought to trial in the defense contracting scandal.
Private consultants William Parkin, Fred Lackner and Stuart Berlin, the Navy official, all pleaded guilty in the case before the federal trial began last week. They cooperated with the government, as did Teledyne Industries, the parent of Teledyne Electronics. That firm also entered a guilty plea in advance of the trial.
The defendants’ attorneys said their clients were duped by Parkin and his associates, whom the Teledyne executives believed were running a legitimate business gathering information about the contract for hand-held radar equipment. The businessmen never knew that Parkin and his associates devised a plan to use Teledyne’s money to pay bribes to Berlin, the defense attorney said.