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Editor's Note :

This week we are hosting a symposium on Jesner v. Arab Bank, PLC, which asks whether the Alien Tort Statute categorically forecloses corporate liability. Contributions are available at this link.

Skilling v. United States

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
08-1394 5th Cir. Mar 1, 2010
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Jun 24, 2010 9-0 Ginsburg OT 2009

Holding: (1) Former Enron C.E.O. Jeffrey Skilling had a fair trial before an impartial jury despite publicity about his case before trial and community prejudice; and (2) the federal law that makes it a crime to deprive people of “honest services” covers only bribery and kickback schemes.

Judgment: Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded, 9-0, in an opinion by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on June 24, 2010. Justice Sotomayor filed a partial dissent, joined by Justice Stevens and Breyer. Justice Sotomayor also concurred in part.

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