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Skilling Gets 24 Years

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Still maintaining his innocence, former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling was sentenced Monday to 24 years for his role in the collapse of the energy giant. Skilling's remaining assets will be liquidated, with about $45 million going to a victims' fund.

Professor for President?

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A nonaffiliated political group has started a campaign to enlist Columbia University professor Jeffrey Sachs to run for president. Sachs is one of the world's most renowned economists, and his globe-trotting, high-profile work on Third World poverty-related issues has made him a sort of academic Bono.

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As the conflict in Lebanon continues to develop, Terry Gross brings context to the names in the news. Here are two interviews by the "Fresh Air" host that offer some insight into Hezbollah.

Truthdiggers of the Week: The Enron Trial Jurors
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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."

A Verdict on an Era?

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That's what the N Times calls the conviction of Enron honchos Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling But Truthdig contributing cartoonist Mr Fish has a different perspective (click here to see the full cartoon)

  • Truthdig editor Robert Scheer has written about the crooks from Texas in his new book, "Playing President" Click here to read some of those classic columns
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