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Apparently this happened yesterday, and they have kept it under wraps this long.
According to a statement from the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office, deputies and an ambulance had been sent to Lay's Old Snowmass home at 1:41 a.m. for a medical emergency. Lay was then transported to Aspen Valley Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3:11 a.m. A coroner's autopsy is pending.
Pat Worcester, executive assistant to CEO at Aspen Valley Hospital, said the hospital would release a statement later.
Skilling told The Associated Press that he was aware of Lay's death, but declined further comment.
Prosecutors in Lay's trial declined comment today, both on his unexpected death and what may become of the government's effort to seek a $43.5 million judgment from Lay that they say he pocketed as part of the conspiracy.
Britain urged to halt extradition of Enron bankers
Prime Minister Tony Blair said he has asked British officials to help seek bail for three bankers who are to be extradited to the United States to face Enron-related fraud charges.
However, Blair denied that a treaty being used to pursue the men was unfair to Britain as leading businessmen and opposition lawmakers called on the government to prevent their deportation altogether.
David Bermingham, Gary Mulgrew and Giles Darby — former executives at Greenwich NatWest, a unit of Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC — have become well known in Britain because of the controversial treaty with the United States that has been used to pursue their extradition.
Critics claim that the 2003 treaty — purportedly aimed at speeding up the process of bringing suspected terrorists to justice — is not reciprocal because the U.S. has yet to ratify it amid opposition from Congress. British officials still must meet a higher burden of evidence when seeking to extradite suspects from the United States.
“It is not actually correct to say that the United States is being given preferential treatment,” Blair told the House of Commons.
Bermingham, Mulgrew and Darby deny any criminal conduct and have always insisted that if there is a case against them it should be tried in Britain because that is where the alleged offenses took place.
They are currently in talks with U.S. officials about returning to Britain on bail to prepare for their case. Mark Spragg, the men’s lawyer, said that obtaining bail in the United States would be of no help.
“To be bailed in Houston amounts to detention in a larger prison with prettier views,” Spragg said.
The men, all British citizens, were charged in the United States in 2002 with bilking National Westminster Bank of 4 million pounds ($7.3 million) and each face seven counts of wire fraud. They claim U.S. prosecutors have pursued them merely to bolster their cases against other Enron defendants.
source (about 2/3's down the page)
Originally posted by Britguy
I seem to remember reading somewhere that Lay had been appointed by GWB to some energy policy group prior to him becoming President. He was also, I think, part of the energy policy group tied into the office of Dick Cheney
Originally posted by St Udio
He had a full 4 months of freedom after being convicted!!
(that sure wouldn't happen if i /you were found guilty for something
as mundane as spitting on the sidewalk....WE would of been whisked
away to a chain-gang sentence...IMMEDIATELY!!! )
But it would make sense, especially if Lay had dirt on Cheney and some of the other gov't bigwigs.