It was never billed as the trial of the century, but I was still a surprised to see the trial of former Enron executives Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling end on such a seemingly quiet note.

From everything I've read, U.S. district court Judge Sim Lake deserves a lot of credit for that. The trial lasted for more than four months, but the law pundits were surprisingly quiet during most of that time. Right from the trial's start, when Lake said that jury selection would just days, not weeks, the tone was set.

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