Judge Sim Lay of Texas signed a decision today dismissing the judgement against former Enron executive Ken Lay. New evidence? Change of heart? Enron’s resurgence?
No. Instead you can blame Lay’s death on July 5th, plus the Supreme Court’s “rule of abatment” that says
“death pending direct review of a criminal conviction abates not only the appeal but also all proceedings had in the prosecution from its inception.â€
Sure, death is not likely to ever become a popular approach in avoiding a conviction, it has affected the Lay case — despite him having been convicted, back on May 2th, on all ten counts with which he was charged.