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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Chemerinsky
Skilling v. United States
Citation:561 U.S. 358 (2010)
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Skilling (Petitioner), a long-time executive at the Enron Corporation, was convicted of fraud and other crimes after Enron crashed into bankruptcy. The case received substantial news coverage and pretrial publicity. In November 2004, Skilling moved to transfer the trial to another venue; he contended that hostility toward him in Houston, coupled with extensive pretrial publicity, had poisoned potential jurors. The court rejected the motion. The court had qualified 38 prospective jurors to empanel 12 jurors. The court also denied Skilling’s challenges to multiple specific jurors. He appealed his conviction, arguing that a presumption of juror prejudice due to pretrial publicity deprived him of a fair trial.
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