LOS ANGELES: A panel of the Ninth Circuit US Court of Appeals has ruled that former Fleishman-Hillard LA GM Doug Dowie and SVP John Stodder should remain free on bail while their May 2006 convictions are appealed. Earlier this week, the appellate panel found that the appeals of both men raise questions "of law or fact that [are] likely to result in reversal, an order for a new trial, or a sentence that does not include a term of imprisonment, on all counts on which imprisonment has been imposed." In May 2006, a federal jury found Dowie and Stodder guilty on charges of wire fraud and conspiracy related to overbilling Fleishman clients including the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The men had been scheduled to report to low-security prison camp in March of this year. For more on this case, click here.