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Jury selection begins in Enron trial

[JURIST] Jury selection is set to begin Monday in the criminal trial of former Enron [JURIST news archive] founder Kenneth Lay [Chronicle profile] and former CEO Jeffrey Skilling [Chronicle profile] on conspiracy and fraud charges [PDF indictment]. Defense yers for and had asked that the trial be moved [JURIST report] out of Houston, arguing that they will not get a fair trial due to a biased jury pool. US District Judge Sim Lake rejected the request [JURIST report], but has said that are efficient safeguards in place to ensure an unbiased jury. AP has more. The Houston Chronicle has local coverage.

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