Skilling’s night out cost him?

Prosecutors eye changes to release terms, say former Enron CEO lied
to staff about being drunk.
April 22, 2004: 2:32 PM EDT

HOUSTON (Reuters)
– Prosecutors charged Wednesday that former Enron Chief Executive Jeff
Skilling broke the terms of his $5 million bond during a bizarre alcohol-fueled
fracas in New York earlier this month.
   The court filing says Skilling’s blood alcohol level
was 0.19 — more than twice the legal limit for driving in most U.S. states
— when police sent him to the hospital at 4 a.m. on April 9. The case
against Skilling does not involve driving, however.
     Officers described Skilling as “uncooperative
and intoxicated” and deemed him “an emotionally disturbed person” because
he was accusing bar patrons of being undercover agents for the
Federal Bureau of Investigation.

     “At one point, Skilling
went to the middle of the street, put his hands behind his back and began
talking to the sky, asking if FBI cameras were capturing what was happening,”
the motion says

     The motion stops short of asking U.S. District
Court Judge Sim Lake to revoke Skilling’s bond, and instead asks for a
hearing to discuss changes to his terms of release.
       He was freed Feb. 19 after pleading not
guilty to 35 counts of fraud, insider trading and lying about Enron’s finances.

      Skilling’s attorney, Daniel Petrocelli, said
his client regrets the incident.

      “But it certainly did not happen in the way the
government said it did in their motion,” he said, declining to answer specific
questions about the government’s account.
       He said the motion was unnecessary because
the pretrial services officers monitoring Skilling’s release have already
provided information to the court.
       “This only reinforces the view that the
government is more committed to prejudicing Mr. Skilling than ensuring
his right to a fair trial in court,” Petrocelli said.

      The motion says Skilling lied to pretrial services
staff about being drunk.
      According to the motion, Skilling and his wife,
former Enron corporate secretary Rebecca Carter, met and began drinking
with two men at the Four Seasons Hotel bar.
     The party moved to a cigar bar, Bar & Books,
around midnight, and the foursome began drinking with a married couple
and their male friend.

     Skilling picked up a $171 bar tab and kept drinking,
promising his new friends he would “fly them down to Houston and provide
them with their own maid” at his mansion.
      But Skilling soon became belligerent, and accused
his new friends of being undercover FBI agents. When his wife tried to
get him to leave, he responded with obscene language, the motion says.

      The bar’s manager kicked the group out, and
once outside, Skilling began trying to remove the
front license plate from the married couple’s car.

    “The defendant did so apparently to gather ‘proof’ of
the true identity,” of the couple, the motion says.
     Then Skilling tried to lift
the woman’s blouse to see if she was wearing a hidden microphone,
led to a scuffle with the other two men, it says.

      One of them hit Skilling, who then grabbed his
wife and accidentally caused her to fall to the ground. Skilling admitted
this later at the hospital, the motion says.

      At the time of the incident, Skilling’s lawyers
said “two aggressive men” began questioning Skilling about Enron and his
wife was “thrown to the ground.”
      Philip Hilder, a Houston attorney and former
federal prosecutor, said the motion is likely an effort to put more restrictions
on Skilling.
     “Had the violations been egregious enough, there
would have been a motion for revocation,” Hilder said

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About Jay Babcock

I am the co-founder and editor of Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curator of the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was one of five Angelenos listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. Today, I live a peaceful life in Tucson, Arizona with Stephanie Smith.