Tuesday, October 17, 2006

This Makes NO Sense

Judge Tosses Conviction of Late Enron Founder Kenneth Lay Citing His Death
HOUSTON -— A federal judge Tuesday vacated the conviction of Enron founder Kenneth Lay who died in July, wiping out a jury's verdict that he committed fraud and conspiracy in the months before his company's collapse. Lay was convicted of 10 counts of fraud, conspiracy and lying to banks in two separate cases on May 25. Enron's collapse in 2001 wiped out thousands of jobs, more than $60 billion in market value and more than $2 billion in pension plans. Lay died of heart disease July 5 while vacationing with his wife, Linda, in Aspen, Colo. U.S. District Judge Sim Lake, in a ruling Tuesday, agreed with Lay's lawyers that his death required erasing his convictions. They cited a 2004 ruling from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that found that a defendant's death pending appeal extinguished his entire case because he hadn't had a full opportunity to challenge the conviction and the government shouldn't be able to punish a dead defendant or his estate. His co-defendant, former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling, is scheduled to be sentenced on Monday.
The guy was pond scum and he's getting a pass, just because he's dead. So, now all those people, including my son in law's grandfather, have no way to recoup any of their hard earned savings, squandered by that sleezeball.