100 Days by James Bagnall
The rush to judgement that killed Nortel

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100 Days is the untold story about how corporate governance felled Nortel Networks, the legendary Canadian technology firm. What began in 2003 as a routine re-examination of the company’s balance sheet quickly transformed into a witch hunt as outside investigators concluded Nortel’s accounting was suspect – and the company’s directors accepted this as fact. It took nearly a decade before Ontario Superior Court Justice Frank Marrocco determined that no crime had been committed.

The Ottawa Citizen’s associate business editor James Bagnall tells the surprising tale of the independent probe that started it all, the Texas assistant district attorney who didn’t buy its conclusions, and the RCMP officers and Ontario Crown attorneys who did.

100 Days is a chilling exposition of how three former Nortel executives were for years denied a presumption of innocence, before they finally had their day in court.


About James Bagnall

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James Bagnall, the Associate Business Editor at the Ottawa Citizen, has been reporting on business since 1978. He began his career at the Financial Post, then shifted to the Financial Times of Canada before signing on with the Citizen in 1993. Bagnall has won multiple awards for his coverage of stories ranging from military procurement to the rise and fall of Canada’s high-tech industry. He followed the affairs of Nortel Networks for many years, and spent much time in 2012 in the courtroom of Judge Frank Marrocco, providing coverage of one of the most complicated trials in Canadian business history.
Published April 26, 2013 by Ottawa Citizen. 100 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Professional & Technical, Law & Philosophy, Computers & Technology. Non-fiction

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