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Jeff Skilling Opening Merits Brief on Remand

Jeff Skilling Opening Merits Brief on Remand

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Jeff Skilling's Opening Merits Brief to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on why the remaining counts of his conviction should be reversed and the entire case against him remanded to the District Court for retrial.
Jeff Skilling's Opening Merits Brief to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on why the remaining counts of his conviction should be reversed and the entire case against him remanded to the District Court for retrial.

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06-20885
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALSFOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
 Plaintiff-Appellee,v.
JEFFREY K. SKILLING
 ,Defendant-Appellant 
.
JEFFREY K. SKILLING’S OPENING BRIEF ON REMANDFROM THE U.S. SUPREME COURTOn Appeal From The United States District CourtFor The Southern District Of Texas, Houston DivisionCrim. No. H-04-25 (Lake, J.)
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1625 Eye Street, N.W.Washington, D.C. 20006
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1999 Avenue of the Stars, 7th Floor Los Angeles, California 90067Telephone: (310) 553-6700Facsimile: (310) 246-6779
ATTORNEYS FOR DEFENDANT-APPELLANT JEFFREY K. SKILLING
Case: 06-20885 Document: 00511188326 Page: 1 Date Filed: 07/28/2010
 
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INTRODUCTION.........................................................................................1STATEMENT..............................................................................................10FACTUAL BACKGROUND......................................................................11ARGUMENT...............................................................................................12I. THE HONEST-SERVICES FRAUD ERROR REQUIRESREVERSAL OF SKILLING’S CONSPIRACY CONVICTION.....12A. The Conspiracy Conviction Can Stand Only If TheGovernment Can Prove That Its Honest-Services FraudTheory Was Identical To Its Securities-Fraud Theory...........13B. The Government Cannot Establish That Its Honest-Services Fraud Theory Was Identical To Securities Fraud....17II. THE ERRONEOUS HONEST-SERVICES THEORYINFECTED EVERY OTHER COUNT OF CONVICTION............39A. Securities Fraud (Counts 2, 14, 16-20, 22-26)........................40B. Insider Trading (Count 51).....................................................51C. False Statements to Auditors (Counts 31, 32, and 34-36)......54CONCLUSION............................................................................................58
Case: 06-20885 Document: 00511188326 Page: 2 Date Filed: 07/28/2010
 
TABLE OF AUTHORITIESPages
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CASES
 Al Qaadir v. Gallegos
,1995 WL 330628 (9th Cir. June 2, 1995).................................................11
 Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker 
,128 S. Ct. 2605 (2008)..........................................................................4, 12
 Feela v. Israel 
,727 F.2d 151 (7th Cir. 1984).....................................................................57
 Kennedy v. So. Cal. Edison Co.
,268 F.3d 763 (9th Cir. 2001).....................................................................11
 Kotteakos v. U.S.
,328 U.S. 750 (1946)..............................................................................9, 47
McNally v. U.S.
,483 U.S. 350 (1987)..................................................................................13
 Neder v. U.S.
,527 U.S. 1 (1999)........................................................................................2
Sullivan v. Louisiana
,508 U.S. 275 (1993)..............................................................................9, 47
U.S. v. Acker 
,52 F.3d 509 (4th Cir. 1995).......................................................................53
U.S. v. Alexius
,76 F.3d 642 (5th Cir. 1996).......................................................................56
U.S. v. Barona
,56 F.3d 1087 (9th Cir. 1995)...............................................................56, 57
U.S. v. Brown
,459 F.3d 509 (5th Cir. 2006).................................................................3, 15
U.S. v. Edwards
,303 F.3d 606 (5th Cir. 2002).....................................................................14
Case: 06-20885 Document: 00511188326 Page: 3 Date Filed: 07/28/2010

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