With two cases on its docket already addressing the federal law on "honest services" fraud, it's fair to wonder why the Supreme Court added a third, but that's what the justices did Tuesday, granting review of an appeal filed by one-time Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling. One possible explanation is that Skilling's case raises another issue unrelated to the honest services law: whether massive pretrial publicity and "community passion" surrounding Skilling's trial created a presumption of juror prejudice.
Supreme Court Grants Appeal by Enron's Skilling
The National Law Journal
October 14, 2009