Thursday, May 25, 2006

No Kidding!

Obviously the jury didn't believe them, otherwise they wouldn't have been convicted. D'oh! Besides it was a pretty dumb defense. Your in charge and you don't know what is going on? What are you, the head of the VA?
Ignorance Claim Did Not Sway Enron Jury - New York Times: "They simply could not believe, the eight women and four men of the jury explained in an extraordinary joint news conference after rendering their verdict, that Kenneth L. Lay and Jeffrey K. Skilling were telling the truth when they claimed they didn't realize that something was rotten at Enron.

How, they repeatedly wondered, could Enron's former chief executives not have known what was going on?

The jurors said they found the testimony by Mr. Lay and Mr. Skilling in their own defense — which many legal experts had warned could prove to be their undoing — both revealing and damning.

Freddy Delgado, an elementary-school principal, questioned how the two men could testify that they 'had their hands firmly on the wheel' at Enron and then say that they did not know about the improper accounting and the intensifying financial problems?

After all, parents hold him accountable for their children's welfare and safety. 'I can't say that I don't know what my teachers were doing in the classroom,' Mr. Delgado said. 'I am still responsible if a child gets lost.'

'So I would say that to say that you didn't know what was going on in your own company,' Mr. Delgado added, 'was not the right thing.'

After sitting through a 16-week trial and listening to 56 witnesses, the jurors finally had a chance to speak. And gathering together in a sixth-floor room at the federal courthouse here, several blocks from Enron's former headquarters, that's exactly what they did.

In other high-profile cases, many jurors quickly dispersed to avoid reporters. But all of the Enron jurors, including the three alternates, attended the hourlong session. Facing dozens of reporters and TV cameramen, they calmly and patiently answered questions, appearing unburdened and frequently cracking jokes. If they had any doubt or hesitation about the verdict they had reached in the biggest corporate corruption case in recent American history, they didn't show it"
Caught with their hands in the cookie jar and crumbs on their chins. These guys thought they were invincible and that nobody would find them guilty.

Oh well, better luck in jail.

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