Defense begins in Enron fraud trial

[JURIST] Defense lawyers begin their case this week in the trial of former Enron [corporate website, JURIST news archive] executives Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling [Houston Chronicle profiles]. The prosecution's case ended last week with US District Judge Sim Lake dismissing four counts [JURIST report] against the two, leaving 28 remaining counts against Skilling and six against Lay.

The defense case against the fraud and conspiracy charges [indictment, DOJ trial materials] is expected to last four weeks, with Skilling and Lay taking the stand next week. Defense attorneys are expected to argue that the two top executives were innocent of wrongdoing [CSM report], which was due to a "few bad apples." The New York Times has more. The Houston Chronicle has local coverage.



 

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