Attorneys of Jeffrey Skillings file appeals to have the former CEO’s convictions overturned.
Wired PR News.com – The attorneys of convicted former CEO of Enron Corp., Jeffrey Skillings have filed to appeal Skillings’ convictions. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the motions filed on Tuesday followed a decision two weeks prior by the New Orleans 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold his convictions for fraud, insider trading, conspiracy, and other illegal activities.
Skillings’ attorneys claimed that prosecutorial misconduct, improper sentencing guidelines, and jury bias were among things that made his convictions invalid. The attorneys are quoted in the AP report as writing, “The affirmation of Skillings’ conviction rests on several pivotal errors of law, as to which the opinion is in direct conflict with multiple precedents of this court and others.”
Skillings’ received a 24-year prison sentence that was subsequently vacated by the appellate panel, which could result in a reduced sentence when Skillings is re-sentenced. Enron founder Kenneth Lay was also convicted on charges related to the scandal, however he died shortly after being convicted. His charges were subsequently vacated.
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