Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Dickhead Watch - The Enron Trial


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Between the beginning of baseball season and just generally being busy lately, I haven't been paying close attention to the trial of Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, Bastards of Enron.

The prosecution rested yesterday after 32 days and 22 witnesses. Now it's the defense's turn, and Skilling could take the stand tomorrow.

Here comes The Retard Defense. "What? All that was going on? No, I had no idea. I was so busy looking at the big picture, all those illegalities were details I had no sense of at all." If that's true, Dickheads, you should at least give back your previous salaries.

The New York Times has an article I won't bother to link to about the make-or-break defense approach of having the accused take the stand. If the jury likes them, they could get off. But if they make any kind of mistake -- seeming too smug, too vague, too smarmy, too untrustworthy -- they're pretty much screwed.

Former Dickhead Richard Scrushy played it brilliantly and got off. Former Dickheads Bernie Ebbers and Dennis Kozlowski, not so much.

By the way, the documentary Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room is out on DVD. It's apparently quite the indictment of these Dickheads, and it's currently sitting at the top of my Netflix queue.

Good luck, boys. Hope the guns pointing at your respective feet don't make you too nervous.

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4 Comments:

At 1:00 PM , Anonymous blondandeffective said...

The Enron documentary, along with all the other Oscar-nominated documentaries except the one that won, is brilliant, and I hope B&E readers will check it out, if they haven't already. Not the most uplifting story, but a very important one: if we don't study history, we may be doomed to repeat our mistakes.

 
At 1:14 PM , Blogger Karl said...

What do you have against penguins, man?

 
At 4:18 PM , Blogger sunnysider said...

The Enron documentary is incredible. You know Lay has a PhD in Economics?
And yeah, blondandeffective ... what's a nice girl from Toledo have against penguins?

 
At 12:47 AM , Anonymous blondandeffective said...

I got nothing against penguins, people. But I would not describe March of the Penguins as a brilliant film. Touching, entertaining, worth watching; yes, absolutely. Brilliant? Nope.

 

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