Adelphia founder, son denied new trial


NEW YORK -- A U.S. court has denied a request by Adelphia Communications Corp. founder John Rigas and his son Timothy for a new trial.

U.S. District Judge Leonard Sand in Manhattan Tuesday rejected the argument asking for a new trial on the grounds that "the government's central witness gave perjured testimony, without which the Rigases likely would not have been convicted." Sand wrote in an 11-page opinion that "the jury's verdict would not have been different had it considered the allegedly conflicting testimony." The father and son were found guilty in July 2004 of concealing loans and stealing millions from the cable operator. John Rigas was sentenced in June 2005 to 15 years in prison, while son Timothy, the company's former finance chief, was sentenced to 20 years. They began serving their prison terms earlier this year. Last month, they asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal of their fraud convictions.