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U.S. May Drop Some Charges in Enron Case

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From Bloomberg News

Federal prosecutors may drop some charges in the fraud case against former Enron Corp. executives Kenneth L. Lay and Jeffrey K. Skilling, who are scheduled to go on trial Jan. 30.

The government, in a letter to defense lawyers, said it wanted to drop four wire fraud charges against Skilling stemming from actions of former Chief Accounting Officer Richard A. Causey, a defendant until he pleaded guilty last month. Prosecutors also said they wanted to discard allegations against Lay that could be used to determine the length of his sentence if he is convicted.

A streamlined case might make convictions easier, lawyers said. Most charges against the men remain in a proposed revised indictment that prosecutors laid out in a Tuesday letter to defense lawyers.

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