Former Tribune Co. executive Stephanie Pater has “ducked a critical appointment before a federal judge,” Steve Mills and Annie Sweeney report. Prosecutors say Pater diverted $260,000 in commissions due to Tribune to a company she controlled; a grand jury indicted her in December.
After her latest no-show Tuesday, Pater promised to come straight to court from the airport after she said her flight had been delayed, but she never showed up. A peeved U.S. District Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan issued the second arrest warrant in less than a week and demanded that she be taken into custody.
Pater’s father tells the paper his daughter is doing coursework in Atlanta. “She deals with all kinds of problems and seems to be right on top of them,” Daniel Pater says.
The Chicago Tribune has published a multipart series on the company’s bankruptcy.