Appeals court upholds Skilling convictions
POSTED: Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 12:15am
UPDATED: Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 12:16am
New Orleans — 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.