Enron prosecutors tells the jury they saw what the defendants were really doing behind the scenes.
Final arguments began Tuesday in the Enron Broadband Services trial, with the prosecution telling jurors they got to see behind the scenes and under the rocks at Enron — a view carefully hidden from investors.
"You learned the inside story never matched up to the outside story," prosecutor Ben Campbell told the jury in U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore's court.
On trial for the past 13 weeks are five former Enron Broadband Services executives accused of conspiracy and fraud in two schemes to fool investors and Wall Street about Enron's earning and technological capabilities. All five defendants testified that they did nothing wrong.
"We all know that money can corrupt people," Campbell said. "These five men lied for personal profit and professional advancement."
He said the simple motive was greed.
Tony Canales, lawyer for Scott Yeager, said the prosecution has presented witness testimony from cooperators and witnesses with immunity who've tailored their message to what the government wanted to hear rather than to the truth.
Lawyers for Kevin Howard said that the key witness against him probably bent her testimony to please the government for fear she would be charged or deported.
And Barry Pollack, attorney for Michael Krautz, said the power of suggestion obviously altered the memory of government witnesses such as ex-Enron Broadband Services CEO Ken Rice, who recalled his reaction at a 2000 conference to seeing a video that wasn't actually shown there.