How many of you would have the nerve to say this?

[Is bald-faced lying im the job description?
And how will denying established facts play with the jury?]

Lawyers for former Enron Corp. chiefs Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling insisted Tuesday the men were guilty of no crimes, arguing the company was never infested with fraud and instead fell victim to a sudden crisis of market confidence.

"This is not a case of hear-no-evil, see-no-evil," Skilling lawyer Petrocelli said, at times animatedly jabbing his finger at the jury. "This is a case of there was no evil."

Directly countering four years of negative publicity that turned the very name Enron into a symbol of accounting chicanery, Petrocelli said, "There’s no evidence any books were cooked at Enron."

Lay lawyer Michael Ramsey described Enron as "one of the finest free-market institutions the world has ever seen."

When Skilling resigned as Enron CEO in August 2001, turning the reins over to Lay, "He left a sound, vibrant and wonderful company," Ramsey said.

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