HOUSTON — Lawyers for a former Enron Corp. broadband executive found guilty last month on fraud and conspiracy charges have asked for a new trial after several jurors said they felt pressured to convict.
Affidavits by two jurors and two alternate jurors were part of a 90-page motion by attorneys for former broadband unit finance chief Kevin Howard, who was convicted on five counts of fraud, conspiracy and falsifying records.
The same panel acquitted former in-house accountant Michael Krautz of the same charges after a monthlong trial.
In their affidavits, the jurors said they believed they had been instructed by U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore and subsequently pressured by other jurors to reach a unanimous verdict and avoid a hung jury, even though they believed Howard, 43, was innocent.
A case last year against Howard, Krautz and three other broadband executives ended with a hung jury. Howard and Krautz were the first to be retried.