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How bad did things look for Jeffrey Skilling and Kenneth Lay as they went to trial in January? If the numbers were any indication, pretty dismal. Three out of four mock juries hired to listen to their defense team present the case concluded that the pair were guilty. And seven of the eight juries who looked just at Lay’s case voted to convict him as well. The defense was holding on to one glimmer of hope. Their jury consultants had found that a few people might — emphasis on might — be willing to consider the possibility that other executives were to blame for the Enron debacle and that no human being could possibly monitor every aspect of a multibillion-dollar company’s affairs.

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