As expected, lawyers for Kenneth Lay, who died of a heart attack in early July, have filed a motion to throw out his fraud conviction in connection with the downfall of the company he founded, energy giant Enron Corp.

"Despite what may have been proven at trial, the trial is deemed not to have taken place," wrote Ropes & Gray attorney Samuel J. Buffone, in a motion filed in federal court in Houston. "Thus, at least in the eyes of the criminal court, the defendant is no longer a wrongdoer and has not defrauded or damaged anyone."

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