Federal Circuit Judicial Panel Strikes Down 2018 Wombold Conviction and Remands Case to Lower Court

October 15, 2020
Firm News

On October 14, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit overturned the conviction of former Pilot Flying J vice president Scott Wombold in a reversal of a February 2018 verdict that made national headlines. Bass, Berry & Sims attorneys John Kelly and David Esquivel led the team of attorneys representing Wombold in this case.

The court ruled in a two-judges-to-one decision to strike down the conviction of Wombold, as well as convictions of the former Pilot Flying J president and a former staffer in the case of United States v. Mark Hazelwood, et al. The matter has been remanded to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at a date to be determined.

Here is a link to the court’s majority opinion. For the release announcing the February 2018 verdict, click here.

The circuit court decision was covered by the following media outlets: