Judge Wants to Speed Up Progress of Enron Trial

Enron founder Ken Lay continues answering government questions this morning. Houston Public Radio's Ed Mayberry reports. Aired 4/27/06 during the KUHF Morning Business News Report.

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Prosecutor John Hueston brought up Lay's investment into Photofete, owned by a former girlfriend of Jeff Skilling. Photofete had contracts with Enron, but the two former executives failed to report a possible conflict of interest, as required by the company's ethics code. Lay's attorney George Secrest said that's not part of the indictments.

Hueston noted that Lay tried to contact former Enron risk manager Vince Kaminski about nine days before Kaminski's testimony at this trial. Defense attorney Secrest told reporters the real question has been the ability of the defense to question witnesses.

U.S. District Judge Sim Lake is starting trial earlier and taking less time for lunch in an effort to speed the progress of the trial.

Ed Mayberry, Houston Public Radio News.

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