The Houston Chronicle Is Responsible For Jeff Skilling's Prison Term, Court Finds

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As everyone knows, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the conviction of Enron's Jeff Skilling this week, although it overturned his sentence in a move that might slightly reduce it.

Skilling's most passionate local supporter in the blogworld, attorney Tom Kirkendall of Houston's Clear Thinkers, has annotated the decision. Reading it led us to discover that the 5th Circuit apparently hates the Houston Chronicle.

The decision notes that the Chron "ran many personal interest stories in which sympathetic individuals expressed feelings of anger and betrayal towards Enron."

Bad Chronicle!!

(The 5th Circuit somehow didn't note the many, many glowing Enron stories the Chron did before the collapse.)

Further expressing its outrage, the 5th Circuit notes that "Even the Chronicle's sports page wrote of Skilling's conviction as a foregone conclusion. Similarly, the Chronicle's 'Pethouse Pet of the Week' section mentioned that a pet 'had enjoyed watching those Enron jerks being led away in handcuffs.' "

Oh no!! Ken Hoffman's Pethouse Pet of the Week section!!

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

We have to agree.

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