Government Not Calling Enron's Chief Accounting Officer to Testify

Enron's former chief accounting officer will not be called by the government to testify in the fraud and conspiracy trial of Jeff Skilling and Ken Lay. Houston Public Radio's Ed Mayberry reports. Aired 5/5/06 during the KUHF Morning Business News Report.

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Rick Causey was indicted along with Lay and Skilling, but pleaded guilty inDecember rather than go to trial. The government said it will not callCausey, but plans to call ten other witnesses over about two days during itsrebuttal case.

U.S. District Judge Sim Lake had decided to allow the government to readDavid Duncan's testimony from the Arthur Andersen trial concerning documentshredding and his Grand Jury testimony, in addition to what the defensewanted read, so the defense decided not to read any of his testimony intothe record.

Ken Lay told reporters things are winding down.

Texas Christian University economics professor Christopher Barry—Thursday'slast witness--was asked how a company as big as Enron could collapse sospectacularly. He said it was a classic "run on the bank," echoing thetestimony of Lay and Jeff Skilling.

The defense plans to rest its case by next Tuesday, and Judge Lake said hehopes to send the case to the jury by lunchtime May 17th.

Ed Mayberry, Houston Public Radio News.

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Ed Mayberry

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Ed Mayberry has worked in radio since 1971, with many of those years spent on the rock 'n' roll disc jockey side of the business...