The conviction of former Monster Worldwide Inc. CEO James J. Treacy for backdating options was upheld today despite a federal appeals court’s finding that the Confrontation Clause of the U.S. Constitution was violated when the trial judge limited cross examination of a journalist who had interviewed Mr. Treacy.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit said the decision to curb a Wall Street Journal reporter’s testimony out of respect for the journalist’s privilege was in error, but it will not upset Mr. Treacy’s conviction because the error was harmless.

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