July 3, 2015 5:46 pm

Peter Pocklington wins appeal of probation violation ruling in U.S. court

Peter Pocklington arrives at U.S. District Court in Riverside, Calif., in a Oct. 27, 2010 file photo.

Reed Saxon, The Associated Press
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RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington has won a court victory in the United States that means he won’t have to go to jail.

In September 2013, a judge in Riverside, Calif., sentenced Pocklington to six months for violating a term of his probation on a perjury conviction. Pocklington filed an appeal later that year.

On Thursday, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the ruling, saying the judge lacked jurisdiction.

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Pocklington is notorious in Canada for bringing Wayne Gretzky to the Oilers in the 1970s, then trading the superstar a decade later to the Los Angeles Kings.

He praised his lawyer Becky James for winning the appeal, but declined further comment.

© 2015 The Canadian Press

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