Prison officials deny Ebbers request for low security facility

[JURIST] The Federal Bureau of Prisons [official website] has denied the request of former WorldCom CEO Bernard Ebbers' [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive] request to serve his 25-year prison sentence in a low-security facility near his Mississippi home, placing him instead in a medium-security prison in Louisiana. Ebbers was convicted earlier this year on nine counts [JURIST report] of fraud, conspiracy and filing false statements with regulators in WorldCom's $11 billion accounting scandal. Ebbers has been ordered to begin serving his sentence on October 11, but his attorneys have submitted a motion "respectfully urg[ing] the court to grant bail pending appeal to prevent the injustice of Mr. Ebbers having to serve any time in the harsh conditions of a medium security facility." Federal judge Barbara Jones has not yet announced when she will decide on Ebbers' motion. Reuters has more.

 

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