|Skilling v. United States|
|Argued March 1, 2010|
Decided June 24, 2010
|Full case name||Jeffrey K. Skilling v. United States|
|Citations||561 U.S. 358 ( more )|
130 S. Ct. 2896; 177 L. Ed. 2d 619
|Prior||Convictions affirmed, 554 F.3d 529 (5th Cir. 2009), cert. granted, 558 U.S. ___(2009).|
|Subsequent||Prison term of Jeffrey Skilling reduced from 24 years and 4 months to 14 years (minus time served)|
|Pretrial publicity and community prejudice did not prevent Skilling from obtaining a fair trial. However, the honest services fraud statute, 18 U.S.C. §1346, is properly confined to cover only bribery and kickback schemes, which do not include Skilling's alleged misconduct. So construed, §1346 is not unconstitutionally vague. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed in part, vacated in part, and remanded.|
|Majority||Ginsburg, joined by Roberts, Stevens, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Alito (Part I); Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas (Part II); Roberts, Stevens, Breyer, Alito, Sotomayor (Part III)|
|Concurrence||Scalia (in part), joined by Thomas; Kennedy (except Part III)|
|Concurrence||Alito (in part)|
|Concur/dissent||Sotomayor, joined by Stevens, Breyer|
|U.S. Const. amend. V; 18 U.S.C. § 1346|
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