Monday, January 30, 2006
It is becoming fairly common for judges to use jury questionnaires to screen for potential bias or other factors that warrant removing a person from the jury, so it was not surprising to see it used here in the trial of Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling. What perhaps is incredible is the speed in which a jury was picked. One would think that it might take some time to find and properly screen people from hometown Houston. After all, it is important to find people who have no connection with Enron and also individuals who have not formed an opinion on this case. Perhaps the worst scenario is to try the case for a couple of months and then find the need to dismiss jurors who may have been truthful in the answers on their forms, but unaware of all circumstances that needed to be disclosed.
Full details on the trial are being provided by the Houston Chronicle Enron Blogwatch, which reports here that the panel of "16 includes 10 women and six men. The first 12, the most likely jury is four men and eight women."
Tom Kirkendall's Houston Clear Thinkers Blog, reports here of the anticipated long day tomorrow - a 9 A.M. start with the prosecution getting two hours to do their opening and each defendant getting two hours.