Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Tom Kirkendall's Houston ClearThinkers has a tremendous post here that includes portions of Fastow's testimony during the Lay/Skilling trial. One of the pieces of testimony he presents is a part of the re-direct examination by Hueston on March 13th, when Fastow testified as follows:
"Q. And as a result of your pledge to cooperate, did you agree to plead guilty to a 10-year minimum sentence of imprisonment?
A. A 10-year maximum imprisonment.
Q. And what is the minimum amount of time that that plea agreement calls for?
A. It calls for a 10-year sentence.
Q. So after January 14th, can your cooperation lower that 10 years?
A. My understanding is that I will be sentenced to 10 years. The Judge ultimately has a discretion; but in my plea agreement, I agreed to the 10-year sentence."
Was it proper for the jury in the Lay/Skilling trial to hear that Fastow would do 10 years in prison and then have him receive a significantly lesser sentence? This may provide another issue for Jeffrey Skilling on his appeal. Check out the other segments that Tom Kirkendall's Houston ClearThinkers provides - here.