10th Circ. Upholds Fraud Conviction of Ex-PanWorld CEO

Law360, New York (August 9, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT) -- The Tenth Circuit on Tuesday upheld the conviction of the former CEO of PanWorld Minerals International Inc. for allegedly conspiring to commit securities fraud, but ordered the lower court to look into claims that shoddy counsel led him to plead guilty to a crime he did not commit.

In a published opinion, the appeals court concluded that Robert Weeks’ protestations of innocence are insufficient to overturn his conviction but credible enough to have required the lower court to hold an evidentiary hearing into whether his attorney...
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