Monday, January 30, 2006

Judge Seats Jury in Enron Trial

[NEWS] This evening I heard an NPR story reporting that a jury had been seated in the Enron trial -- that is, the trial of Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling. From the little bit that I heard, I began thinking of questions:

  • What sort of voir dire was there? What sort of jurors would you want if you were the prosecutor? The defense team? How would you assess the pool? How long did they take to seat this jury?
  • The judge told the jury this would be one of the most interesting cases they could see. Will it? There's the high drama of big money, but won't there be a lot of technical financial talk?
  • Prof. Howard was talking about trial exhibits this afternoon ... What sort of exhibits will this jury likely be asked to follow? Will the jurors be given any aids, such as copies of the exhibits or juror notebooks? (See post about study of juror understanding of scientific evidence.)
When I got home, I went to the Houston Chronicle's website, which has more Enron coverage than most of us can absorb. Here are some highlights:
Houston being some distance from Washington, I don't plan to cover much about this trial -- if you're curious, follow it in the Houston Chronicle. Other blogs that might have some commentary (although not "all Enron, all the time" as in the Chronicle) are:


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1 comment:

k said...

If anyone wants to learn the truth behind Enron I would highly recommend Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room. It is a great behind the scenes look at the entire scandal.