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January 30, 2006

Bernie Ebbers gets sympathetic sentencing ear in Second Circuit

As detailed in this AP article discussing a notable oral argument in the Second Circuit, "a lawyer for former WorldCom Corp. chief Bernard Ebbers found a receptive audience Monday in appeals court judges who questioned the fairness of prosecutors and of the 25-year sentence Ebbers faces for an $11 billion fraud."  The bulk of the article explores arguments over Ebbers' trial claims, but the AP report does add intrigue to how the Second Circuit might deal with reasonableness review in the Ebbers case.

The timing of the Ebbers oral argument is remarkable as the legal press is focused on the federal criminal trial for former Enron executives Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling starting today.  In this vein, here is an interesting BusinessWeek article entitled "White-Collar Crime: Who Does Time?".

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