Enron Trial: Jury Continues Deliberations

The jury continues its deliberations in the fraud and conspiracy trial of Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling. Houston Public Radi's Ed Mayberry reports. Aired 5/25/06 during the KUHF Morning Business News Report.

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The jury is trying to determine whether Lay and Skilling are guilty of fraud and conspiracy in the fall of Enron by lying to investors and employees about the financial state of the company.Jurors sent a note asking for a copy of the exhibit list and also asked if they could have some testimony transcripts. U.S. District Judge Sim Lake wrote back, asking which specific part of the testimony they needed.

The jury set a four-day, 8-to-4 schedule, usually taking an hour for lunch, and will follow Judge Lake's pattern of using Fridays for other matters. For the judge, that means other non-Enron cases, and for the jurors, a day to return to their jobs or lives. The panel has elected to take off on Memorial Day.

A second federal jury continues deliberations in the fraud and conspiracy retrial of two former executives of Enron's defunct broadband unit. They began deliberations late Monday in the trial of former broadband unit finance chief Kevin Howard and accountant Michael Krautz, the first two of five former Enron broadband executives to be retried after their first trial last year ended with a hung jury.

Ed Mayberry, Houston Public Radio News.

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