Enron's former chief executive seeks to start his trial next month on fraud and conspiracy charges.
"HOUSTON (Reuters) - Former Enron Corp. Chairman Ken Lay filed court papers Monday seeking to start his trial next month on fraud and conspiracy charges related to the downfall of the energy company.
"Ken Lay is innocent and he wants a trial, and he's entitled to a speedy trial," Michael Ramsey, Lay's lawyer, told reporters.
In the motions filed to U.S. District Court Judge Sim Lake, Lay sought to sever his case from the indictment handed down last month that added him to the cases against former Enron Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Skilling and former Chief Accounting Officer Richard Causey.
Lay asked the court for a Sept. 14 trial date, and waived his right to a jury, offering instead to put the case directly to Judge Lake.
Lay, a friend and campaign donor to President Bush, faces up to 175 years in prison and $5.75 million in fines if convicted on all 11 counts included in his indictment. "
Soooo, let's see, a quick convict just before the election than after the election overturned on an appeal because of some mistake made by the judge, any bets???