Central to the Enron defense team's closing argument today was the contention that all those smart, tough guys and gals who ran Enron when the going was good were tricked and intimidated by prosecutors into testifying against their former bosses.
Petrocelli dismissed the line of 22 witness presented by the government as people "robbed of their free will" who chose to lie in order to avoid a government persecution.
But doesn't this mean that Enron was staffed by people willing to lie and cheat in order to get ahead? Hmmm. Not sure that's exactly the best line of defense for folks accused of running a company swamped with fraud and deciet.
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