Archive: May 31, 2005

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Supreme Court Overturns Arthur Andersen’s Conviction for Destroying Enron-Related Documents

Supreme Court Overturns Arthur Andersen’s Conviction for Destroying Enron-Related Documents

Arthur Andersen LLP v. United States, 125 S.Ct. 2129 (2005)

Arthur Andersen, Enron’s auditor, instructed employees to destroy documents pursuant to its document retention policy when Enron’s financial problems became public in 2001. Arthur Andersen was convicted under USC ?߬ߠ1512(b)(2)(A) and (B) in connection this destruction. The conviction was affirmed by the Fifth Circuit, but today was reversed by the Supreme Court because jury instructions failed to convey properly the elements of a corrupt persuasion conviction under ?߱512(b). Read More

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