The U.S. Supreme Court today rejected Jeffrey Skilling’s latest request for appellate review. The court turned down Skilling’s petition for a writ of certiorari in Jeffrey K. Skilling v. United States.
Skilling, former chief executive officer of Enron Corp. in Houston, wanted the Supreme Court to review an April 2011 decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In that opinion, the 5th Circuit affirmed Skilling’s conviction and found that error committed by the trial judge in submitting the so-called honest-services theory to the jury was “harmless as to any of Skilling’s convictions.”
In June 2010, the Supreme Court ruled that the honest-services fraud statute used to convict him did not apply to his case.
The 5th Circuit had earlier vacated Skilling’s sentence and remanded it for resentencing. A jury convicted Skilling in May 2006 of 19 counts of conspiracy, fraud, insider trading and lying to auditors, and he is serving a 24-year prison term.
Skilling’s lawyer, O'Melveny & Myers partner Daniel Petrocelli, did not immediately return a telephone message left at his office in Century City, Calif. The office of the government’s lawyer, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr., refers questions to the U.S. Department of Justice public affairs office, but a spokeswoman did not immediately respond to an email.
-- Brenda Sapino Jeffreys