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Legal News
13 Aug 2011
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] A federal appeals court on Friday upheld [opinion, PDF] the conviction of ex-Merrill Lynch [corporate website] executive James Brown stemming from his role in the Enron fraud scandal [JUIRST news archive]. Brown was indicted on five counts in 2003 stemming from a 1999 transaction in which Merrill took a … [read more]


Legal News
22 Feb 2008
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] David Bermingham, one of three British bankers known as the NatWest Three [JURIST news archive] was sentenced to over three years in prison Friday after pleading guilty [JURIST report] in November to one count of wire fraud. Bermingham, along with Giles Darby and Gary Mulgrew, was indicted on seven … [read more]


Legal News
29 Nov 2007
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] The three British bankers known as the NatWest three [JURIST news archive] pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of wire fraud as part of a plea deal with prosecutors. David Bermingham, Giles Darby and Gary had been indicted on seven counts of wire fraud [indictment, PDF] for allegedly entering … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jan 2007
by JURIST Staff

[JURIST] Richard Causey [Houston Chronicle profile; JURIST news archive], former Enron chief accounting officer, has reported to the Bastrop Federal Correction Institution [official website], a low-security facility in Texas, to begin serving his prison sentence for his role in the Enron accounting scandal [JURIST news archive]. Causey was sentenced to … [read more]


Academic Commentary
13 Dec 2006

JURIST Contributing Editor Nancy Rapoport of the University of Houston Law Center says that new instructions to federal prosecutors not to demand privileged documents as a means of inducing corporate co-operation with investigations may help preserve useful corporate structures while recognizing that threats of wholesale corporate prosecutions may not prevent … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2006
by Ned Mulcahy

[JURIST] Texas US District Judge Ewing Werlein Jr. sentenced former Enron [JURIST news archive] executives Michael Kopper [BBC profile] and Mark Koenig to 37- and 18-month prison terms [DOJ press release] respectively Friday for their role in the corporate scandal. The sentences for both men were reduced at the request … [read more]


Legal News
11 Nov 2006
by Geoff Leung

[JURIST] The US Federal Bureau of Prisons [official website] has assigned former Enron chief financial officer Andrew Fastow [JURIST news archive] to a federal detention center in Oakdale, Louisiana [official website], according a new inmate listing on the FBP website. FDC Oakdale is a minimum security facility which already houses … [read more]


Academic Commentary
24 Oct 2006

JURIST Contributing Editor Nancy Rapoport of the University of Houston Law Center says that the 24-year prison sentence handed down for former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling leaves us all disappointed, not necessarily in the sentence, but in the corporate conduct that led to Enron's collapse and the huge losses that … [read more]


Legal News
7 Oct 2006
by Geoff Leung

[JURIST] Ex-Enron [JURIST news archive] vice-president Paula Rieker was sentenced Friday to 2 years probation for insider trading, avoiding up to ten years' imprisonment. Judge Melinda Harmon [official website] of the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas [official website] reduced Rieker's sentence in exchange for her cooperation … [read more]


Academic Commentary
2 Oct 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist Douglas Branson of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that a comparison of the Andrew Fastow and Bernard Ebbers corporate fraud cases suggests that the sentences handed down for the two former high-flying executives - 6 and 25 years respectively - are unduly disparate and … [read more]


Academic Commentary
27 Sep 2006

JURIST Contributing Editor Nancy Rapoport of the University of Houston Law Center says that the recent spate of guilty verdicts and stiff sentences handed out for corporate fraud committed by the erstwhile leaders of Enron, WorldCom, Tyco, Adelphia and other companies suggests that executives need to take personal responsibility for … [read more]


Legal News
26 Sep 2006
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] Former Enron Chief Financial Officer Andrew Fastow [Houston Chronicle profile; JURIST news archive] was sentenced to six years in prison Tuesday after US District Court Judge Kenneth Hoyt [official profile] reduced the 10 year prison term he accepted as part of his plea agreement [text, PDF] based on Fastow's … [read more]


Legal News
7 Sep 2006
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] US District Court Judge Ewing Werlein has set either February 5 or September 4, 2007 as the trial date for three former British bankers [JURIST news archive], known as the Natwest Three, who face fraud charges related to the Enron scandal [JURIST news archive]. Defense lawyers argued for a … [read more]


Legal News
1 Aug 2006
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] A US magistrate in Houston agreed Tuesday to delay the trial of three former British bankers facing fraud charges related to the Enron scandal [JURIST news archive] so that two of the defendants can hire American lawyers. A trial had been scheduled for Sept. 11, but Magistrate Stephen Smith … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jul 2006
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] Two British men who face fraud charges in the US related to the Enron scandal [JURIST news archive] are searching for new lawyers, according to papers filed Monday by counsel for a third British man also facing trial. The trial date for the three former NatWest [corporate website] bankers … [read more]


Legal News
24 May 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] A federal judge on Wednesday gave final approval to a $6.6 billion settlement [JURIST report] between former Enron shareholders and the three banks accused of helping Enron [JURIST news archive] hide financial shortcomings to deceive investors. Lead plaintiff's attorney William Lerach said the money will be paid as soon … [read more]


Legal News
17 May 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] Jury deliberations in the trial of former Enron [JURIST news archive] executives Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling [Houston Chronicle profiles] began Wednesday after government prosecutors and defense lawyers finished closing arguments. Lay and Skilling have been charged [indictment, PDF] with multiple counts of fraud and criminal conspiracy for providing … [read more]


Academic Commentary
12 Apr 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist Douglas Branson of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that defense lawyers in recent corporate fraud cases are not seeking to introduce reasonable doubts that might lead a jury to acquit their clients, but in the absence of much direct evidence are rather offering competing … [read more]


Legal News
14 Mar 2006
by Chris Buell

[JURIST] Defense lawyers in the Enron [corporate website; JURIST news archive] fraud trial Monday finished their cross-examination of former Chief Financial Officer and lead government witness Andrew Fastow [JURIST news archive], bringing to a conclusion his four-day stint on the witness stand. Fastow testified [JURIST report] that he had stolen … [read more]


Legal News
7 Mar 2006
by Alexandria Samuel

[JURIST] Former Enron [JURIST news archive] Chief Financial Officer Andrew Fastow [JURIST news archive] took the stand for the prosecution against his former bosses Enron founder Kenneth Lay [Houston Chronicle profile] and former CEO Jeff Skilling [Houston Chronicle profile] Tuesday. Fastow testified that both Lay and Skilling were aware of … [read more]

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