HOUSTON — A federal appellate court denied former Enron Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Skilling's request to remain free during his appeal Tuesday and ordered him imprisoned immediately.
Judge Patrick Higginbotham of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals wrote in his two-page order that "Skilling raises no substantial question that is likely to result in the reversal of his convictions on all of the charged counts."As a result, Higginbotham denied Skilling's request for bail pending his appeal and vacated an earlier order staying his prison report date.Skilling is now required to report to a low-security federal prison in Waseca, Minn., to begin serving his 24-year sentence on 19 counts of conspiracy, fraud and insider trading.<more>
In case anyone is keeping score - I am 3-0 on appeals over the last few weeks - NY Times, Scooter Libby (technically, I only threatened to appeal - Judge Walton wisely reconsidered) and now this.
Mega-Kudos to my entireEnron Task Force- especially Sean Berkowitz, Kathryn H. Ruemmler, John C. Hueston and Cliff Stricklin! Great people and great team effort. The only thing I have left to say is NEXT!
Location: U.S. Attorney On Assignment - WDC, Illinois, United States
Think Globally Prosecute Locally
- I grew up in Flatbush, kept my nose clean, went to law school. Now that I am in Chicago and D.C. I have found that the rampant graft and corruption to be a travesty - a travesty of a mockery of a sham of a mockery of a travesty of two mockeries of a sham.
---Favorite quote --- "Conditional love is an oxymoron." - Yours truly