The case has political significance since Mr Lay and President George W. Bush are known to be close friends.
The BBC’s north American business correspondent Stephen Evans says bringing the businessman – a former Republican fundraiser – to court resurrects an issue that is unhelpful to the Republicans in election year.
Mr Lay has previously complained that his close friendship with fellow Texan millionaire Mr Bush, who is said to call him “Kenny Boy”, would encourage prosecutors to charge him rather than face criticisms of a political cover-up.
Let’s see the Shrub try and save his buddy on this one, especially after Kenny Boy had the balls to claim he had nothing to do with the tricks that Enron was playing with its accounting. Typical of the power-elite in this country who have hitched their wagons to the Shrub — no accountability, and they certainly don’t take responsibility for their actions. It’s always someone else’s fault, isn’t it?
I hope this one stays in the limelight for as long as possible. Let’s watch Kerry keep mentioning it, so it doesn’t get swept under the rug. Let’s see Kerry or Edwards link it to Cheney’s energy taskforce, especially in the VP debate…