Dr. William L. (Bill) Anderson
Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Frostburg State University
Adjunct Scholar, Ludwig von Mises Institute
Consultant, American Economic Services
Contributing Author, LewRockwell.com
Bill is Ungagged because:
“I see families destroyed. I see people driven into poverty…I watch the US attorneys lie in court. I see them suborning perjury. And I know that as a society we cannot survive when the institutions that run on honesty and trust are undermined. As a country, our very future is at stake. And if these institutions become corrupt, there is nowhere else to turn.”
Dr. Chris Barry
Endowed Chair, Finance, Texas Christian University
Expert Witness, Lay/Skilling Trial
Dr. Barry is Ungagged because:
“I’m a finance expert and I don’t want people to be accused of something they did not, in fact, do. And so I’ve worked on cases (since 1986) when somebody’s been accused of having done something when, in fact, they haven’t. I want to help them in that way. And, you know, this is a matter where there were claims being made that didn’t make any sense. They were wrong. These claims were absolutely wrong. They should not have been made.”
Defendant, NatWest Three Prosecution
David is Ungagged because:
"We were the first pawns. We were the first people that ever got charged. We were the people that gave them Kopper. Kopper was the person who gave them Fastow and Fastow was the person who gave them Skilling and Lay. So, if you are of the philosophy that the end justifies the means then, you know, stepping on us on the sidewalk was something that was a prize well worth paying for American justice. We got thrown under the bus, even though what makes us ‘criminals’ isn’t even a crime in the UK. But, we have our health; we have our happiness; we have our families; there are more important things in life. And yet the fight that made us a major international incident wasn’t about our innocence or guilt; it was never about that. When we fought the extradition and became a major cause, it was nothing whatsoever to do with our innocence or guilt. It was all to do with the fact that the law that the government had shoveled through on the back of the War Against Terror was just a dreadful, dreadful law. It’s an appalling law and it needs to be changed. I will work for as long as there is breath in my body; I will campaign to get that law changed, because it’s a bad law.”
Civil Attorney with Carrington Coleman, Dallas, Texas
Member of Ken Lay’s Defense Team
Bruce is Ungagged because:
“I was certainly ready to know that the criminal system was going to be different from civil, but I really didn’t appreciate how different it was. I was surprised by just how much the government had the power to basically shape the case to fit their theory of the case. I’m used to (as a civil lawyer) you know, the facts are the facts. You can have arguments about the facts; some people remember them differently than others. But, you basically deal with the hand that’s dealt to you. And you argue your client’s position from that hand. And what I learned is the government basically has the ability, if they don’t like the hand that’s been dealt with them, to deal themselves a new hand. And they have a lot of power to shape the facts to fit their theory of the case and to prevent the defense from presenting their side of the case. So, I learned that it would became much more of a one-sided kind of battle than in civil cases where both sides have equal opportunities to present witnesses, to present their side of the case.
My take away, to make succinct, is that if the government wants to get you they can get you.”
Law School Graduate
Hugh is Ungagged because:
“After I saw what the Enron Task Force did to my client, I left the law. There was no way I could be a lawyer after that. I wouldn’t participate in the law. I won’t work in the law. I didn’t even take the bar exam. What I learned from the Enron case I worked on is that we have is a group of people who have practically unchecked authority and I think that it’s important for us to learn about this, to talk about it. I can at least shine a light on those things that happened.
Chairman of the Board, Commonwealth International Series Trust
Retired Corporate Economist/Consultant
Adjunct Professor, Economics, 3 Universities
Jack is Ungagged because:
“The thing that was so intriguing about Enron were the mysteries and how the questions that I thought ought to be raised were not being raised. Hence, we didn’t get the answers and there are so many sort of dangling, loose-ended questions that never got raised. The press seemed to have a rush to judgment, seemed to settle for superficial answers and they never pushed deep into the real thrust of what was going on. And, the questions just seemed unanswered. So, it’s very challenging to try to figure out what really went on. We must we must make a greater effort to understand this Enron experience. There’s so much to learn from it, to prevent the continuation of the problems. If we don’t learn the lessons from it, then we’re destined to repeat the mistakes."
Enron employee for 14 years
Worked for Mark Koenig, Jeff Skilling, and Ken Lay
Why Joannie is Ungagged:
“I feel like there was an injustice the day that Ken and Jeff were found guilty. I felt like there was an injustice the day that Mark pled guilty - the pressure he was under. I never thought that I would know one person that went to trial for conspiracy, let alone five, six, seven, eight. And to see them all go through that and watch the pain and the suffering that those people have gone through, I just never thought anything would be this close to my personal life. It’s made me step back and realize that there are times that you have to do the right thing and you have to stand up and you have to be heard. And, hopefully, it makes a difference.”
Enron Employee for 8 years
Last Position: Vice President of Compensation and HRIS
Mary is Ungagged because:
“I believe in our system, but the truth has to be known. This shouldn’t happen. You think it won’t happen to you - beware, beware. What I want people to know is beware, because this can happen to you.”
Reverend William Lawson
Retired Minister/Founder, Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church
Founder, William E. Lawson Center for Peace & Prosperity
Reverend Lawson is Ungagged because:
“I’m an old man. I’ve lived in this town for a long time. There will be some people who won’t like what I say and I couldn’t care less. My perception of the prosecution was that that it was, that it was not according to law; that it was orchestrated according to somebody’s motives and mission."
Defendant, NatWest Three Prosecution
Gary is Ungagged because:
"If you look at American TV, you know night after night after night, it’s “CSI”, “Law and Order.” It’s all criminal stuff and they’re usually good people. They wouldn’t cheat. They wouldn’t make things up. They wouldn’t hide critical pieces of evidence, would they? They do. It took me a long time to realize these aren’t the good guys."
Dr. Richard Murray
Bob Lanier Chair, Public Policy, University of Houston
Former Director, Center for Public Policy, University of Houston
Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Houston
Dr. Murray is Ungagged because:
“The threat to American civil liberties by aggressive government power, I think, has certainly increased in recent years, due to things like the concern about terrorism, generally giving the government more access to powerful tools to use against American citizens. I think citizen vigilance about their own government is more important than ever in this kind of environment. When people are worried or concerned, particularly about foreign threats, they’re more inclined to trust the government and if the government says, “We need these powers; we need these discretionary opportunities and trust us,” they get more leeway and that’s the time period we’re in now. So, this is a continuing threat or issue, I think, to the American public.
We’ve had a long history of government’s abuse of power and, you know, the old question of who watches the guardians that Plato posed in the Republic? We give the guardians this great power to protect us but who watches them?”
Barrister, United Kingdom
Why Michael is Ungagged:
“The more informed people would, I think, be concerned about an apparent unfairness in the way in which the United States approaches criminal justice. And probably the central unfairness to that is the plea bargaining system, the pressure that’s put on individuals to plead guilty, due to the huge sentences they could get if they don’t.
I think it’s a very worrying development. Uh I think that’s a very dangerous export if it comes to this country from the United States. It’s definitely something that would make the hairs on the back of the neck of any defense attorney in the United Kingdom really stand up."
Enron employee for 23 years
Last positions: Executive Vice President, Human Relations & Community Relations
Author: The Whole Truth, So Help Me God
Co-Founder, The Integrity Institute, University of Houston Center for Public Policy
Cindy is Ungagged because:
“We weren’t allowed to be able to tell the truth of what really happened and hopefully, this will be a way that the truth can come out. It was the media and it was the political figures and the FBI and the Justice Department that never wanted to hear the whole truth. They didn’t want the whole story. They would pick and choose things that would make their case, but they never wanted to hear the whole truth and that says something about our justice system- that you‘re not really innocent until proven guilty. In actuality, you’re guilty until proven innocent."
Attorney, Houston, Texas
Lead Criminal Attorney for Ken Lay
Mike is Ungagged because:
“We’d like to think of ourselves, those of us who practice criminal law, as being the bold perhaps, who are willing to stand up and if we have any redeeming social value, to tell the government occasionally to go to hell. For judges and prosecutors to be unhappy with me simply goes with the territory. Um I don’t mind speaking my mind. I think if we do it in a polite way, a civil way, it it’s probably the only thing that’s going to cause change is for enough people uh to say enough so that the public begins to get a grip on what really goes on.
I have, over the years, made probably 500 speeches where I try to lay out in those speeches what goes wrong in federal litigation and people simply aren’t very interested. I don’t believe I ever made Ken Lay understand what was about to happen until it happened because Ken believed in America, he believed in fairness, he believed our courts are fair and it’s simply not true. A defense lawyer, first, has very little credibility; we’re that breed of cat that’s a gun for hire and people probably rightfully discount what we say. So, when I go out and make a speech to the Lions Club or to the Junior League and tell them the stories about what actually goes on in court, I’m not sure that they’re willing to believe me how bad it can get. In particular, how bad the plea bargain system can get.
Everybody wants to believe. That’s exactly it and it’s a shame. We need more light.”
Enron employee for 7 years
Last Position: Benefits Manager
Mikie is Ungagged because:
“I always wanted to tell my story, because it wasn't a story of victims. Maybe people took risks they shouldn't have taken. Certainly people in the 401(k) Plan took risks they shouldn't have taken. People made choices and they made bad ones. Or, they made good ones. The people that made good ones shouldn't have to pay the price for the people that made bad ones. We did. We paid the price.”
Former Enron Employee (in multiple Enron divisions)
Author: What Happened on Smith Street
Erin is Ungagged because:
“I think that another example of irony in all of this is that you look at a criminal trial and the message that is sort of over-arching its accountability. We are going to hold these people accountable because they broke the law. I think there’s a huge lack of accountability in things that the prosecution itself did and it’s almost like well we’re willing to give them a pass on that because they work for the government. Well yeah that means they work for us and we pay their salaries and I would like to see some accountability from the prosecution and I would like to see some accountability from the media who contributed to what I do think is abuse of the justice system.”
Enron employee for 11 years
Assistant to Jeff Skilling for 20 years
Sherri is Ungagged because:
“I don’t know if I’d ever heard the term, “prosecutorial abuse” before any of this. I certainly never would have believed that it took place, had I not seen it with my own eyes and experienced it. This is the United States of America. The FBI is acting like the KGB, for heaven’s sakes. and they were given carte blanche to do it. I just didn’t think it happened in America that way. I thought people were innocent until proven guilty. I thought that the Department of Justice was out for truth and justice and they are not, in my opinion. I didn’t see any of that. ”
Attorney, Boston, MA
Author: Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent
Harvey is Ungagged because:
“As I've said in my book, the Federal Criminal Justice System has become a crude conviction machine, rather than an instrument of justice and I thought then, and I think now, that the Enron case, to the extent I have studied it, the Enron case is a good example of that phenomenon. There is something really rotten about the Enron prosecution scheme.
People today should understand that if you look at the Enron cases, and you see people who were put in prison for doing things that are not clearly illegal, or may not be illegal at all, then you have to worry that it is going to happen to you tomorrow. “
Former Enron Vendor
Cousin to Scott Yeager, Broadband Defendant
"They didn’t want to see what was right and wrong; that they had an agenda. They wanted to put people in jail, they wanted in their own words, some scalps. They had a case they wanted to convince the jury of and that was the end of the game for them. And if innocent people went to jail, too bad.
Today, each of those prosecutors is enjoying a successful career, even though they didn’t manage to get any convictions. There’s no downside for them bringing these charges against these innocent people who have no responsibility for that and there is nothing that can be done to penalize them for falsely bringing charges against innocent people and making their life a hell and robbing them really of the money and the resources and their lives for so many years. There’s no retribution that will be headed their way as a result for making any of the decisions they made or taking any of the actions they took."
Rest in Peace, Paul.
Your loyalty and courage will always be cherished.
1948 - 2010