A federal appeals court overturned a judge’s decision to vacate the conviction of a broker’s assistant in a securities fraud case.

Eastern District Judge I. Leo Glasser had dismissed Irene Santiago’s conviction for conspiracy to obstruct justice, questioning an outcome where some of her former superiors with greater roles were ultimately conviction-free while Santiago, who testified for prosecutors, ended up with a felony.

But his writ of error coram nobis was reversed Friday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Santiago was represented by Ballard Spahr partners Michael Grudberg and Marjorie Peerce; Grudberg was appellate counsel.

“Although we respect the outcome, and recognize that coram nobis is a rare remedy, we believe that Judge Glasser’s opinion is a lasting acknowledgment of Irene Santiago’s courage and basic decency. We are proud to have walked this road with her,” the attorneys said in a statement.

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