Enron Defense Calls Two More Witnesses

The defense plans to call two more witnesses today, paving the way for Jeff Skilling to take the stand at the Enron trial. Houston Public Radio's Ed Mayberry reports. Aired 4/5/06 during the KUHF Morning Business report.

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Defense lawyer Dan Petrocelli says former Enron general counsel John Derrick and Max Hendrik, the Vinson & Elkins lawyer who led the investigation of Sherron Watkins' memo--will take all day on the stand.

Defense attorneys are using witnesses to refute specific allegations against Skilling and Ken Lay, with former Vinson & Elkins attorney John Mark Metts, who worked in corporate development at Enron, testifying about work he did on Enron's mergers and acquisitions. Metts said former CFO Andy Fastow was upset that his LJM partnership had to play by the same rules as other companies vying for Enron's wind farm business. But Metts said Skilling was supportive of Metts' position.

Ken Lay's attorney Mike Ramsey has been missing trial this week, and is undergoing more tests at The Methodist Hospital for possible blockage of an artery. But the 66-year-old Ramsey said Lay will not be asking for a continuance in his absence.

Ed Mayberry, Houston Public Radio News.

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