Problems With Enron Voir Dire?

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Former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling’s Supreme Court appeal made two arguments: that the honest-services law is too vague, and that jury selection was too cursory. Most of the hour of arguments was spent on the questioning of the potential jurors.

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In his brief rebuttal at the conclusion of arguments Skilling’s lawyer, Sri Srinivasan compared the five hours spent questioning the jury pool to “the Martha Stewart case, for example . . . there were six days of voir dire, . . . And in that case, the only reason you needed an extended voir dire was because of the celebrity status of the defendant.  You didn’t have the deep-seated community passion and prejudice that characterized the Houston venue in this case.”

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Courtartist is me, Art Lien. I've been sketching the courts since 1976, and for most of that time the U.S. Supreme Court has been my regular beat. I've been working almost exclusively for NBC News since 1980. Courtroom sketching is a form of visual journalism or reportage drawing that is slowly dying out. Where once upon a time news organization each had their own artist covering a story, today a "pool" artist often sketches for all. It is a demanding and stressful discipline where the drawing is often done directly and under tight deadline.

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