Ken Lay hasn’t drawn the spectators into the overflow room the way Jeff Skilling and Andy Fastow did. Aside from the usual press contingent, there’s been perhaps a dozen or so others watching the trial here on closed-circuit television. Skilling drew so many people that court officers had to close the room to newcomers. Fastow, too, packed them in.
But Lay, who gets top billing as a defendant, doesn’t seem to hold much public interest. Maybe it’s because he’s been fairly public in stating his case in recent months, so everyone feels they’ve heard his story. Maybe it’s that Enron fatigue is setting in. Or it may be that Lay’s testimony has been so disjointed and confusing that no one can follow it. Even Lay himself, at times, has been confused by the questions posed by his attorney, Mac Secrest.
The scene, by the way, is quite different outside the courthouse, where the throng of TV cameramen has been growing, following Lay and his wife, Linda, across the street as the walk to lunch or leave for the day.