Copyright 2005 Telegraph Group Limited


July 15, 2005, Friday

From Lexis Nexis

Adelphia Communications founder John Rigas and his son, Timothy, can remain free pending appeal of convictions in a fraud scandal that plunged the cable giant into bankruptcy three years ago, a judge said.

John Rigas, 80, was sentenced last month to 15 years in prison, and his son was sentenced to 20 years. They were originally supposed to report to prison on September 19.

Judge Leonard Sand permitted the men to remain free pending an appeal, saying the defense raised a novel issue of whether the Government should have been required to call an expert witness to testify to the jury about accounting principles.