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Friday, September 7, 2007

Skilling Asks for New Trial

Former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling, convicted of multiple counts of securities fraud and sentenced to more than 24 years in prison, has requested a new trial, claiming "Profound, inherent weaknesses in the government's case -- not just gaps in its evidentiary proof, but doubts about its basic theories of criminality -- motivated the government to resort to novel and incorrect legal theories, demand truncated and unfair trial procedures, and use coercive and abusive tactics" in his appeal to the Fifth Circuit.  WSJ, Former Enron CEO Skilling Makes Appeal for New Trial.

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I was wondering how long we'd have to wait before this would happen. Actually, Skilling was the victim of a PR wave that could have predjudiced a jury pool. But, the depth of his involvement in this quicksand, I would think, would preclude any chances he might normally have.

Posted by: Jack Payne | Sep 7, 2007 7:33:56 PM

I was wondering how long we'd have to wait before this would happen. Actually, Skilling was the victim of a PR wave that could have predjudiced a jury pool. But, the depth of his involvement in this quicksand, I would think, would preclude any chances he might normally have.

Posted by: Jack Payne | Sep 7, 2007 7:35:19 PM

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