By Shannon Henson (May 13, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a former Coca-Cola Co. secretary who was charged with conspiring to steal trade secrets from the company and sell them to rival PepsiCo.
A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit voted 3-0 to affirm the conviction and eight-year prison sentence of Joya Williams. It also affirmed the five-year sentence of co-defendant Ibrahim Dimson. The opinion was published Monday but issued in March.
Williams said her rights were violated when her attorney's cross-examination of witness and co-defendant Edmond Duhaney was limited by the district court.
The appellate court,...
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