Skilling v. United StatesPetition for certiorari denied on April 16, 2012
|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
|11-674||5th Cir.||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||OT 2011|
Issue: (1) Whether Neder v. United States permits a court conducting a harmless-error analysis in the context of an “alternative theory” case to consider only the strength of the government’s case on the legally valid theory, without regard to whether the defendant contested that theory enough to create a factual dispute that rationally could have been resolved in the defendant’s favor; and (2) whether a court conducting a harmless-error analysis in the context of an “alternative theory” case may categorically exclude the defendant’s testimony in his own defense on the legally valid theory.
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