January 29, 2006 - Posted at 4:17 p.m. CST
HOUSTON (AP) _ More than 100 potential jurors are to report to a
federal courtroom in Houston tomorrow in the first stage of the
trial of Enron founder Kenneth Lay and former C.E.O. Jeffrey
Jury selection begins four years after Enron collapsed in one of
the biggest scandals in U-S corporate history. The crash left
thousands jobless and slammed Wall Street with billions of
dollars in losses.
Skilling faces 31 counts of fraud, conspiracy, insider trading
and lying to auditors about Enron's financial state before the
Lay faces seven counts of fraud and conspiracy for allegedly
perpetuating the scheme after Skilling resigned in August 2001.
Both have pleaded innocent.
U-S District Judge Sim Lake has told attorneys he expects a
panel to be seated by day's end.
The judge twice shot down defense attempts to move the trial.