Disgraced former WorldCom chief executive Bernie Ebbers, convicted last month of orchestrating an $11bn (£5.75bn) accounting fraud that wiped out the company, has asked for a new trial, citing unfair rulings by the judge.
Lawyers for 63-year-old Ebbers said the judge should have granted immunity to three former WorldCom executives who were reluctant to testify but allegedly could have helped prove his innocence.
Ebbers was convicted in March of conspiracy, securities fraud and filing seven false reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Sentencing for Ebbers is set for June.
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