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Adelphia founder wins an appeal

October 22, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Adelphia Communications Corp. founder John Rigas and his son Timothy, who are in prison, won an appeals court ruling that may lead to the dismissal of conspiracy charges in a second criminal case against them.

John Rigas, 84, is serving 12 years and Timothy Rigas, 53, is serving 17 for looting the cable company and lying about its finances.

The Rigases asked an appeals court in Philadelphia to throw out the conspiracy charge, saying it amounted to prosecution for the same crime twice. Two of three judges on the panel agreed.

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