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Jeff Skilling Gets Even More Desperate To Prove Houston's Full of Hatahs

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Today is the big day before the U.S. Supreme Court for Jeff Skilling, former Enron exec, former Manhattan party animal, current federal inmate.

Among other things, Skilling's lawyers are arguing that his federal trial should have been moved from Houston because we all were so affected by Enron that no one could have been a fair juror.

It's not like Houston was exactly a company town in Enron's heyday -- we believe that such mom-and-pop shops as Exxon, Halliburton and the Medical Center had their cute little businesses going at the same time.

But Skilling is determined to prove otherwise, and the lengths his attorneys are going are impressive.

Last year we noted how the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had cited the fact that one of the freakin' pets in the weekly adopt-a-dog feature by the Houston Chronicle's Ken Hoffman had been shown to have made an Enron quip.

"I find absolutely nothing troubling about the federal court system issuing an opinion that includes a quote from a dog," Hoffman told Hair Balls.

Now Skilling is calling up the scourge of rapper NRun, who, we are breathlessly informed, wrote a rap song called "Drop the 'S' Off Skilling." Now that would taint a jury, we're sure....if they ever heard of the song.

Have you? No. No one has.

Stories about NRun tell how he used to work at Enron (Heyyy -- those names sound similar) under the nom de worker bee David Tonsall until Skilling-with-an-S did his dirty deeds. So incensed was Tonsall that he eventually embarked on his rap career.

But most of the stories say what the St. Petersburg Times did in 2004:

Tonsall has sent his CD to record labels, radio stations and newspapers across the country. His efforts have yielded media attention but not many sales. Hits on his Web site (www.nrunwrekords.com) haven't yet translated into income.

But hey -- maybe this Supreme Court plug is just the boost he needs.

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