Enron jury selection starts next week

Oct. 28, 2005 at 9:38 AM

HOUSTON, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Houston is preparing to impanel a jury to try Enron Corp. leaders, including former chairman Ken Lay.

U.S. District Court Judge Sim Lake will give each of 400 potential jurors next week a long questionnaire to gauge their ability to fairly sit in judgment of ex-Enron executives Lay and two key associates, Jeff Skilling and Rick Causey, the Houston Chronicle reported Friday.

Lake will whittle that 400 down to 100, who in turn will be brought to court in mid-January for final jury selection.

The trial is expected to last five or six months and include as many as 30 prosecution witnesses.

Lay faces seven counts of fraud and conspiracy and four counts of bank fraud that are scheduled to be tried separately, while Skilling and Causey both face more than 30 charges, including fraud and conspiracy.

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