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December 12, 2006

When will Skilling have to report to prison?

Lots of news folks were talking up the fact that Jeff Skilling was due to report to prison this week, as evidenced by articles here and here and here.  But, as the Houston Chronicle reports here, the Fifth Circuit has now stayed Skilling's prison report date so it could fully consider his motion for bail pending appeal:

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has delayed the start of former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling's prison sentence that was scheduled to begin here Tuesday.  The court said today he would not have to report to prison while it considers his motion for bail pending his appeal on his conviction. "This order is entered solely to allow this court to give careful consideration to the request for bail pending appeal," the court said.

The Washington Post has more coverage here.

December 12, 2006 at 06:30 AM | Permalink


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Is this irregular, or no? The only indication one way or another is the quote at the end of the Post article from Skilling's lawyer that "[i]t at a minimum suggests the 5th Circuit thinks there are legitimate issues that shouldn't be given the back of the hand."

I suppose this just means that his lawyers filed a pretty good appeal brief and that there is a non-trivial chance he'll walk away from this unscathed.

Posted by: Bill | Dec 12, 2006 10:13:34 AM

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