Appeals court affirms 25-year sentence for former WorldCom CEO Ebbers Joshua Pantesco at 3:04 PM ET
[JURIST] A federal appeals court Friday affirmed [ruling, PDF] the securities fraud conviction and 25-year prison sentence [JURIST report] handed down for former WorldCom [MCI/WorldCom website] CEO Bernard Ebbers [JURIST news archive]. Ebbers appealed the 2005 district court determinations, saying the prosecution unfairly blocked three former WorldCom employees from testifying on Ebbers' behalf because, at the time, they were the subject of a criminal probe. Ebbers also argued on appeal before the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] that the 25-year sentence was unreasonably long for a non-violent conviction.
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