Washington (Sept. 8, 2004) -- Former Enron chairman and chief executive Kenneth Lay, who has who has asked for a speedy trial, again publicly declared his innocence and lamented that his indictment is largely political, this time on the pages of The Washington Post.

"Now, I know about politics. I have been active for years and I ask neither sympathy nor special treatment. But justice is a different issue," Lay wrote in an opinion piece published by the Post last week. "The tragic circumstances surrounding the collapse of Enron and the harm it caused to so many victims is something I will take to my grave. My inability to save Enron is one of my greatest regrets. But I am guilty of no crime and eager to prove my innocence. Our Constitution guarantees justice and a speedy trial. Yet, without the agreement of the president's task force, as hard as I may try, I may not be granted either.”

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