Case Brief

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I: Elements of the crime Mr. Jeffrey Skilling was one of three executives at Enron Corporation that were indicted for manipulating financials to show the public inflated numbers about Enron’s profitability. By showing these numbers to the public they were trying to mislead the public into thinking the company was more profitable than it really was. Mr. Jeffrey Skilling was convicted by a Texas federal district court of conspiracy, securities fraud, making false representations to auditors, and insider trading. Mr. Skilling had been the C.E.O. of Enron Corp. Mr. Skilling appealed, he argued he was prosecuted by the government under an invalid legal theory and that the jury he had was biased. II. Defenses claimed by the defense Criminal…show more content…
Mr. Skilling had been the C.E.O. of Enron Corp. Mr. Skilling appealed, he argued he was prosecuted by the government under an invalid legal theory and that the jury he had was biased. III. Issues Mr. Skilling argued that voir dire lasted only five hours and did not sufficiently question jurors. This argument from Mr. Skilling failed because the record from the court showed that voir dire was completed properly. Mr. Skilling also argued that the court should have never tried him in Houston. Mr. Skilling pointed out prior cases where the Court decided that due to extreme media coverage there was a possibility of juror prejudice that required the courts to change the venue. However, I believe that Mr. Skilling’s case differs from these prior cases which were all in small communities, had media coverage that showed the defendant confessions, and trials that occurred right after the crime and media coverage. I also believe that Skilling’s jury acquitted him of several charges, due to this face I believe that it is very unlikely that there was any juror prejudice. Even though the media coverage of Skilling seems to all be positive, I do not believe that it was not to the necessary level to show that there would be juror prejudice. Due to all of these reasons, I do not believe that the district court made any errors by denying Skilling’s request for a venue change. IV. Holding (the final decision) Mr. Skilling moved to have his trial transferred

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