Supreme Court Upholds Honest Services Fraud, but Vacates Skillings Conviction

In a much anticipated decision, the United States Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the “honest services” theory of mail fraud and wire fraud prosecutions. However, in doing so, the Court vacated the conviction of former Enron executive Jeffrey Skillings. The Skillings case was remanded to a lower court for further proceedings. The Justice Department […]

Supreme Court to Hear “Honest Services” Fraud Appeal

Convicted former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skillings has successfully petitioned the United States Supreme Court to hear the appeal of his conviction. A primary focus of his appeal will be an attack on those counts of conviction that arose from “honest services” fraud. His lawyers will undoubtedly argue that the language of the “honest services” statute […]