Jeffrey Skilling's Honest Services
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Just when you think you've heard it all, here come Jeff Skilling's lawyers with one hell of an argument.
Lawyers for former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling on Monday gave the Supreme Court a host of reasons it could overturn Skilling's conviction and lengthy prison term, from the "wave of passion" that purportedly poisoned the jury pool in Houston to the vagueness of the charges lodged against him.
The justices seemed unmoved by arguments that the trial never should have been held in Houston, but did have sharp questions about the speedy process with which the judge selected a jury. And the court continued its skepticism about a federal law making it a crime to deprive the public or one's employer of "honest services," asking whether the law is too vague to signal exactly what constitutes criminal behavior.
I don't think the law was vague at all or we wouldn't have to bother with Sarbanes-Oxley, homeslice. "Criminal" behavior is a pretty well-agreed-upon thing in business, no? Apparently not.
Dishonesty is the best policy, after all.