Former Enron CEO Denied Permission to Attend Son's Funeral

Jeffrey Skilling, former CEO of Enron, was denied temporary release from prison to attend his son's funeral, CNBC reported.

John Taylor "J.T." Skilling was found dead at his home in Santa Ana, California, last week. The cause of the college sophomore's death is undetermined, pending a toxicology report.

Jeffrey Skilling is serving a 24-year prison sentence for his role in the collapse of Enron.

No reason for the denial of his request was given.

J.T. Skilling was buried yesterday, according to Daniel Petrocelli, the attorney representing Jeffrey Skilling.

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Jeff Skilling is serving his time...rightly so...but what kind of people have we turned into....refusing to allow him to attend his son's funeral

February 10 2011 at 9:28 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

So Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac can steal billions from the taxpayers and the Franklin Raines of the world get millions in bonuses afterwards. Social Security is the world's largest ponzi scheme but Congress keeps stealing the money we pay into it for the general fund and they keep getting re-elected. To read the behemoth, purposefully opaque Obamacare bill, is to witness accounting schemes not dreamed of by Enron, including the backroom deals and CBO machinations to lie about its costs, fees, taxes and unfunded mandates that would make any accountant from Enron, Global Crossing, Worldcom, Tyco, Adelphia, and all the other corrupt corporations that Bush's Justice Dept. found and prosecuted blush. David Hinkley shot four people, including President Reagan, and he comes and goes from his cushy institution. (He has a new girlfriend, don't you know?)

So, it's ironic that this man can't even get a hall pass to say goodbye to his son.

February 09 2011 at 10:23 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

The man is a common thief, except that he wears an expensive suit. He has no right to any privliges than a drug dealer, bank robber or child molester. He has actually hurt more people and the punishment is NOT enough for the crime.

February 09 2011 at 9:38 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to mn4470's comment

I agree with your statement completely. That being said they did let George Ryan the former corrupt governor of Illinois out of prision to see his wife in the hospital. His son has died and Ryan gets to see his wife because she is sick? Should we give special consideration to privillaged felons? Is a convicted felon politican less of a threat than a crocket CEO?

February 09 2011 at 10:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You are an angry, heartless SOB. It's about a kid and the ones left behind, like J.T.'s siblings. NOT Jeff Skilling.
Stay angry. See where it gets you.

February 09 2011 at 4:22 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Jayant Sheth

Entire judicial system required overhaul. Not giving permission to attend son's funeral is unbelievable. Seems they are lacking common sense. They should change curiculum for law degree. It seems Judgement based on personal belief instead interpreting the law.

February 09 2011 at 9:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Jayant Sheth's comment

Sorry, Jayant Sheth, I didn't realize that you are a qualified attorney.

Please cite the exact law or regulation which they misinterpreted in their denial, so that we can all understand their mistake.

February 09 2011 at 10:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Maybe Skilling should have thought out the consequences of his actions when he was lying, stealing and deceiving the public.
So he couldn't attend his sons' funeral. Tough.
No need to get all weepy eyed over this cheat.
He is serving the greater good by being out of circulation and far away from the easily sheared flock of get rich quick investors and the easily led.

February 09 2011 at 9:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to grouchyklingon's comment
James Suber

Grouchy, how could the elder Skilling get much stealing done at his boy's funeral? Good Lord, if we were as diligent catching criminals as we are punishing them in modern cruel and unusual ways (DUIs and sex offenders serve lifelong sentences, for example)then we would be much better off. I was an investor who lost several thousand in Enron, thanks to the advice by a major Wall Street firm called Merrill Lynch. But I would hope I would get to go to a loved one's funeral under similar circumstances. And I hope it never happens to you.

February 09 2011 at 2:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They should of let him attend his sons funeral. how would we all feel if this was us.

February 09 2011 at 8:47 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply