Jury Selection Begins
by: Capella Tucker, January 30, 2006 5:01:00 am
Media satelite trucks are lined up on both sides of Rusk in front of the federal court house. It's been more than four years since the collapse of the one-time energy giant Enron. Today, at least one former employee showed up not only to see founder Ken Lay and former CEO Jeffrey Skilling walk into the court house, but to get his message out as well. Houston Public Radio's Capella Tucker reports.
Baracades are set up in front of the court house to make sure normal traffic in and out of the building is not interrupted by the crush of media tents that popped up along the street. Extra police are on hand including a couple of mounted patrol units.Down on the corner, one gentleman holds up a sign that says "Ken Lay is not guilty." Another gentleman, David Tonsall, is handing out CD's. He and his wife are former Enron employees. Tonsall opened up his own engineering firm after Enron collapsed. He also started producing hip-hop CD's with lyrics based on his experience at Enron and his views of the company.
"On the song, Corporate America, the song is basically about, hey come on man, we got to stop messing over American citizens. I mean you work hard you work toward you retirement you should be able to enjoy that. These guys, they're rich. A lot people at the end of this thing ended up losing their homes."
Tonsall says he plans to be outside the courthouse everyday.
"I want to be here. I want to see what happens, I want to hear what happens. I want to hear if they're going to come out and say anything that they had any responsiblity versus what I'm hearing now, not guilty."
Capella Tucker, Houston Public Radio News.