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Jeffrey Skilling, the ex-Enron chief executive who was sent to prison in 2006 after being convicted for his role in the energy giant’s collapse, could be freed by the end of the decade after a US judge cut his sentence from 24 to 14 years.

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Heads Up: The Merchant of Venice

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Enron CEO Skilling is denied fresh trial

the fraud convictions of Jeffrey Skilling, chief executive of the collapsed energy giant Enron, were based on overwhelming evidence and "harmless" errors by the trial judge do not warrant giving him a new trial, an appeals court has decided.

A Day That Shook The World: Collapse of Enron

On 23 October 2006, the former chief executive of American energy giant Enron was jailed for massive fraud.

Margareta Pagano: Attack-dog Blanchflower needs leashing

The TV and radio soundbites are too short to give the proper context to Professor David Blanchflower's inflammatory outpourings against Mervyn King, the Governor of the Bank of England. But considering the extreme nature of Blanchflower's criticism, calling for King's head after his comments about David Cameron and George Osborne were disclosed on WikiLeaks, it's important that we should put his comments into the right framework.

All the Globe's a stage &ndash; even for women writers

As Shakespeare's theatre opens its doors today for the first time to a play by a female writer, Rachel Shields reports on a wider theatrical revolution

David Mitchell: 'Readers enable me to continue to do what I love. Prizes won't do that for you'

David Mitchell attracts both deep popular affection and critical awe. In Edinburgh, Arifa Akbar talks to him as the Booker race looms

Earthquakes in London, National Theatre: Cottesloe, London

With plays such as My Child and Cock, Mike Bartlett has made his mark as a laser-sharp minimalist. Now he's been encouraged to "think big", as they say, in Earthquakes in London, a sprawling, three-and-a-quarter-hour, five-act epic that, while set mostly in the present, spans the late Sixties and 2525 as it examines how life is lived under the threat of climate change and impending catastrophe.

Oversight law survives Supreme Court battle

Sarbanes-Oxley, the controversial American corporate governance law introduced after the collapse of the energy giant Enron, has survived a major legal challenge at the US Supreme Court.

Conrad Black given hope of early release

The imprisoned press baron Conrad Black has been given a sliver of hope in his long and belligerent campaign to clear his name, after the US Supreme Court ruled that the jury that convicted him of fraud were given faulty instructions.

Business Diary: Enron is still mining rich seam

Enron the play may have tanked on its New York outing, but it is still attracting sell-out audiences in London's West End. Spotted at a showing over the bank holiday weekend: Anil Agarwal, of Vedanta Resources – or at least someone who bears an uncanny resemblance to the mining company's top man. Vedanta has its own crosses to bear, reputationally-speaking, so it must have been comforting for Agarwal to watch a company that is in a league of its own on that score.

Theatre with lyrics hits a high note

Playwrights are finally embracing musicals and enhancing their work with song. It's a good mix, says Alice Jones

Mary Dejevsky: The moment I turned into Gillian Duffy

It's shaming, I know. But within minutes of arriving at the dealership to deliver the car for a routine service, I had a Gillian Duffy moment.

What the Dog Saw, By Malcolm Gladwell

If Malcolm Gladwell cooks up high-grade fast-food for the intellect, at least he always knows how to present it with spice and relish.

Enron play flops in US as art imitates life

It may still be one of the hottest tickets in London's West End, but on Broadway Enron, the play, has proved a financial disaster and is to close after just 15 performances.

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