And for the prosecutors, their near sweeping victory could be an absolute boon to their careers if they seek to jump ship to high-dollar jobs defending the kind of men they just convicted.
Tony Canales, a former U.S. attorney who now has a successful private criminal defense practice in Corpus Christi, said the spotlight of the trial shines favorably on prosecutors and defense attorneys alike.
“All the lawyers, all the stock rises,” said Canales, who is currently representing a defendant in the Enron Broadband case. “It will be on your résumé forever, whether you win or lose, you got to play in the game.
“You were in the Super Bowl of trials.”
Notable Houston defense lawyer Joel Androphy agrees. “There’s no question. Win or lose, the publicity is enormous,” he said.
Several lawyers, including Androphy and Canales, predict Skilling’s flamboyant lead attorney, Daniel Petrocelli, will especially see his star rise in his already successful career.
Days before the verdict, Petrocelli was besieged with big-dollar offers from around the country to give speeches on the complex Enron trial. Petrocelli joked in the hallway the day after deliberations began that he was “only accepting offers where there are good golf courses.”
On Friday, a more somber Petrocelli said his speaking tour comes to an abrupt halt in September when he has back-to-back trials that were put on hold while he defended Skilling.
That work for Skilling continues as an appeal is planned and his Sept. 11 sentencing looms.