Appeals court upholds Skilling convictions

Appeals court upholds Skilling convictions

POSTED: Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 12:15am

UPDATED: Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 12:16am

An appeals court has refused a new trial for former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling on charges arising from the once-giant Houston-based energy company's downfall.

Skilling's attorney, Daniel Petrocelli, argued that a June Supreme Court ruling that an anti-fraud law was used improperly to help convict Skilling in 2006 demanded a new trial.

Petrocelli argued the jury that convicted Skilling of 19 counts received bad instructions that could have tainted their decision-making.

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the convictions Wednesday, ruling that whatever errors occurred in the jury instructions were harmless.

The New Orleans-based appeals court previously overturned Skilling's sentences of more than 24 years in prison, ruling the judge misapplied federal sentencing guidelines.

Petrocelli said he'll keep fighting the convictions.

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