Truthdig salutes the 12 jurors who sacrificed four months of their lives to sift through the lies of former Enron chiefs Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, convicting them on 25 counts of conspiracy to commit securities and wire fraud. Interviewed after the case, jurors were incredulous that the two former titans were unaware of the crimes at their company. “Skilling was supposed to be a hands-on individual,” one juror told a newspaper. “It’s hard to believe a hands-on individual wouldn’t know what was going on.”
The “smartest guys in the room” weren’t smart enough to avoid conviction on securities and wire fraud conspiracy charges in one of the biggest business scandals in U.S. history. After six days of deliberation, the jury rejected Ken Lay’s and Jeff Skilling’s testimony as lies.