Skilling Speaks: Enron CEO’s Jailhouse Interview

FORTUNE — When Jeff Skilling, the former Enron CEO, was convicted on 19 counts, the headline of the Houston Chronicle read “Guilty! Guilty!” Sentenced to 24-plus years in prison, Skilling had been a wealthy executive who went too far in pursuit of profit and caused financial pain and devastation to thousands of investors, employees, and contractors with his decisions at the helm of Enron. Few if any in the media or public rose to his defense or mourned his imprisonment.

Those wounds from Enron’s devastating collapse may soon be reopened. Sometime this month the Supreme Court will decide whether Skilling failed to receive a fair trial because of possible errors in jury selection. The court will also issue a ruling on the constitutionality of the backbone of the prosecution’s arguments, centered on the “honest services” statute, which makes it a crime for public officials and business excutives not to act in the best interests of their constituents or employers.

It’s easy to imagine the outrage that could be stoked by his release or a retrial, especially in light of all the corporate misdeeds of recent years. What’s not easy to know is what Skilling himself thinks about his current predicament.

Which is why I decided to ask him about it.

Two years ago I drove to the Federal Correctional Institution in Waseca, Minn., to meet Skilling. I hadn’t met him prior to my visit. I simply wanted to talk with the vilified human being who was held responsible for one of the biggest bankruptcies and corporate scandals in history.

Read the interview HERE

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