Attorney predicts exoneration for former Enron CEO
WASHINGTON Daniel Petrocelli says the decision Thursday "paves the way for a reversal of the convictions" and for a complete exoneration. He also tells The Associated Press that when Skilling's case returns to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, he'll move to have the appeals court overturn all 19 of Skilling's convictions. Petrocelli says prosecutors relied heavily on the theory that Skilling fraudulently didn't render honest services and led to the implosion of the former Houston-based energy trading giant. He says that theory, which the justices discredited Thursday, taints all of Skilling's 19 convictions.