September 11, 2007
SAVANNAH, Ga.---The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit denied former State Senator Charles Walker's petition for rehearing and rehearing en banc yesterday.
A federal court jury convicted Walker on June 3, 2005 on 127 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud, and the preparation of false tax returns for his charity, the CSRA Classic. Walker, who was sentenced to 120 months imprisonment, subsequently appealed his conviction and sentence. After hearing oral argument on February 28, 2007, a three-judge panel from the Eleventh Circuit unanimously affirmed Walker's conviction and sentence in an opinion issued on July 6, 2007. Walker then filed a petition for rehearing and rehearing en banc. He asked that his appeal be reheard by the three-judge panel and for his appeal to be reheard by each of the twelve active judges sitting on the Eleventh Circuit. That petition was denied on Monday, September 10, 2007.
Edmund A. Booth, Jr., United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, who directly participated in handling the appeal along with Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Marsh, expressed his satisfaction with the Eleventh Circuit's ruling. "All of Mr. Walker's arguments received full and fair consideration by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. We respect the court's decision and are extremely pleased with the outcome. "
Booth noted, however, that Walker still has a right to petition the United States Supreme Court for a Writ of Certiorari seeking review of the Eleventh Circuit's decision. Though Walker does not have an automatic right to have his case heard by the Supreme Court, Booth said that Walker has 90 days in which to file a petition asking the Supreme Court for further review.