The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments on the appeal of the obstruction of justice conviction of former Big Five firm Arthur Andersen. The arguments are scheduled for April 27. In 2002, Andersen was convicted in a Houston courtroom of obstruction of justice charges related to its now-famous shredding of documents for audit client Enron, the Houston-based energy trader. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals subsequently upheld the obstruction conviction. The issue before the Supreme Court will be whether the instructions to the jury at the Andersen trial were too vague and broad to determine correctly whether the audit firm obstructed justice. Enron -- once ranked as the country's seventh largest company -- collapsed into bankruptcy in December 2001. Andersen is asking that the high court either acquit the company or grant a new trial with new jury instructions.
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