The conviction of former WorldCom chief executive Bernard Ebbers should be overturned because his trial was flawed, according to papers filed in federal appeals court by Ebbers' lawyers. Attorneys for the disgraced former chief of the telecommunications conglomerate -- who was convicted of masterminding an $11 billion accounting fraud in March -- charged that the court should have forced the government to grant immunity to several prospective defense witnesses.

The 96-page appeal also said that the jury was "improperly permitted" to vote for a conviction even if the telecommunications company's underlying accounting entries fully complied with accepted accounting standards.

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