This is bad news any way you shake it for the defense.
But what a prosecutor wants is someone in the meetings. I think someone has to have rolled over on DeLay.
There are 4,000 of these cases out there. The black hole gets bigger the more and more they get hit.
Those of us who watched him in the courtroom know that win or lose, he is one of the best trial lawyers in the country.
Only individual questioning can flesh out whether the panel is so predisposed against the defendants.
The defendants have great lawyers, and great lawyers have to be good storytellers.
These tapes can be the equivalent of a hand grenade with the pin pulled out. If the defense can convince jurors that the government has misled them by only presenting excerpts, then the government will be in deep trouble.
They have to find a way to replace the corporate logo, the Enron corporate logo, with the face of a civic-minded Ken Lay, someone who reached out to the community and did an awful lot of good. They have to humanize the client.
Moments like that are frozen in jurors' minds, and it's going to be very difficult for the defense to overcome the impression that Hannon made.
It gives [the defense] hope because their entire defense is that (a) they were unaware of any criminal behavior, and (b) the company really wasn't in financial trouble. Now the jury is going to have to believe they knew of all the elements of the crimes alleged against them.
At this point, the power of Ken Lays' personality could be what keeps him out of prison. Juries give verdicts to people they like.
Lay is making eye contact with the jury, and they're not looking away from him, which is a very good sign for Lay.