A Collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh

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.

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.