Enron's Jeff Skilling asking for new trial in Houston appeal

Enron's Jeff Skilling asking for new trial in Houston appeal
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Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 4:20am

HOUSTON (AP) - The former CEO of Enron, Jeff Skilling, is asking a federal appeals court to grant him a new trial based on a Supreme Court ruling his attorney says puts his conviction in question.

The hearing in Houston on Monday was scheduled by a three-judge panel of the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that an anti-fraud law was improperly used to help convict Skilling for his role in Enron's downfall.

Skilling's attorney says as a result of the Supreme Court ruling, Skilling's 19 convictions for conspiracy, securities fraud, insider trading and lying to auditors should be overturned because the jury was given bad instructions.

Federal prosecutors say the 2006 conviction should stand because the instructions to the jury were "harmless."

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