The trial of Kenneth Lay, former chairman and CEO of Enron, and Jeffrey Skilling, former CEO and COO, was presided over by federal district court Judge Sim Lake in 2006 in response to the Enron scandal.



(see U.S. DOJ list)

In order of appearance:



The jury rendered its verdict on May 25, 2006. Sentencing took place on October 23, 2006.

In a separate bench trial, Judge Sim Lake ruled that Lay was guilty of four counts of fraud and false statements. These counts were also vacated because of Lay's death.[2]


  1. ^ "Lawyers deny Enron cooked books". East Bay Times. February 1, 2006. Retrieved October 19, 2023.
  2. ^ a b Pasha, Shaheen; Seid, Jessica (May 25, 2006). "Lay and Skilling's day of reckoning: Enron ex-CEO and founder convicted on fraud and conspiracy charges; sentencing slated for September".
  3. ^ "Prosecution witness: Enron dipped into reserves to drive up earnings". Houston Business Journal. February 27, 2006.
  4. ^ "SEC Charges Former Chief Executive Officer of Enron North America and Enron Energy Services with Violating Federal Securities Laws". October 30, 2003.
  5. ^ Lozano, Juan (October 23, 2006). "Skilling Sentenced to 24 Years in Prison". AP via CBS News.
  6. ^ Lozano, Juan (January 7, 2009). "U.S. Court Orders Skilling Resentenced". AP via Washington Post. Retrieved March 18, 2009.
  7. ^ "U.S. appeals court upholds Jeff Skilling conviction". Reuters. April 6, 2011. Retrieved June 13, 2011.
  8. ^ Fowler, Tom (October 17, 2006). "Judge vacates conviction of Ken Lay". Associated Press. Retrieved March 2, 2010.