Former Enron executives Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling today asked the court to temporarily postpone their trial while they ask an appellate court to move the case outside of Houston.

Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling today asked the court to temporarily postpone their trial while they ask an appellate court to move the case outside of Houston.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Sim Lake ruled that the Jan. 30 trial would be held in Houston over the objections of the pair of Enron defendants.

Legal experts say the request filed today is almost certain to be denied and is a legal maneuver designed to protect the record for appeal.

In another action, the Enron Task Force also asked the court today to allow it to modify a rule that requires federal prosecutors to notify all affected crime victims at the beginning of a trial.

The prosecutors are asking to notify the Enron shareholders in a large class action lawsuit and to notify the press, rather than to try find every individual victim of Enron’s downfall, estimated in the tens of thousands.

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