Thursday, November 3, 2005

Lucky Winners in the Enron Jury Sweepstakes

It's not as much fun as Ed McMahon showing up on your front door with the prize patrol, but the extensive jury questionnaire in the upcoming Enron conspiracy trial has been delivered to 400 residents of the Southern District of Texas.  The questionnaires include approximately 70 questions regarding the background and work history of the recipients, including investments and connections to law enforcement.  Needless to say, the wording of the questions has been a source of contention between prosecutors from the Enron Task Force and defense counsel, and a Washington Post article (here) notes that U.S. District Judge Sim Lake has generally favored the defense side in permitting broader, more open-ended questions designed to uncover potential bias.  Out of the 400 who received their envelopes, approximately 100-150 will be called to the courthouse in January for further examination, and from that pool the jury will be picked.  Tom Kirkendall on the Houston's Clear Thinkers blog has an interesting post (here) on the questionnaire and course of the upcoming trial. (ph)

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