Archive: In the Overflow Room

Where Are MY Groupies?

Just when I'm thinking I'm getting the hang of this, I get eclipsed once again by Houston Chronicle Business blogger Loren Steffy. During the afternoon break just now, the evidently-hunky Steffy was cornered by a couple of female fans of his blog, telling him how much they love it. Huh....

By Frank Ahrens | May 1, 2006; 05:09 PM ET | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

Batter Up

Okay. Just back from lunch. Had a sammich, got some much-needed caloric uptake. Sat in the park across the street from the courthouse and listened to a cover band funk out an able version of "Boogie Oogie Oogie" by Taste of Honey. ("Everybody here tonight must boogie/You are no exception...

By Frank Ahrens | April 27, 2006; 01:27 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

SRO In the OPR

Perhaps drawn by press accounts of Kenneth L. Lay's testy performance on the witness stand yesterday, the Overflow Press Room (OPR) is standing-room-only today--the most crowded I've seen it. In addition to your loyal correspondents beavering away at their laptops, there appear to be plenty of civilians and new faces....

By Frank Ahrens | April 27, 2006; 11:41 AM ET | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Judge Causes Dread

Just like Jeffrey K. Skilling and Kenneth L. Lay, I -- and the rest of the press corps -- now have our fate in the jury's hands. Our fate for lunch, that is. And sleep. And Fridays off. Presiding Judge Simeon T. Lake III (SL3) hinted yesterday that he was...

By Frank Ahrens | April 26, 2006; 01:40 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Skilling Goes 'Hazy'

More than once, former Enron chief executive Jeffrey K. Skilling has testified that he was "hazy" on key details under questioning. Well, here in the Overflow Press Room (OPR), Skilling has gone literally hazy several times this morning. We're five floors below the courtroom where Skilling is on the stand....

By Frank Ahrens | April 18, 2006; 12:20 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

The Crowd Arrives

Today is the first day since I've been here that the Overflow Press Room (OPR) is pretty much packed. It being the first day of former Enron chief executive Jeffrey K. Skilling's cross-examination at the hands of federal prosecutors, it makes sense. The media contingent is about the same size...

By Frank Ahrens | April 17, 2006; 02:55 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Skilling ... Outside of the Box

Defense lawyer Dan Petrocelli has asked former Enron chief executive Jeffrey Skilling to leave the witness box twice this morning to stand before a chart and explain the nature of Enron's unorthodox business and financing to jurors. In this courtroom sketch, former Enron executive Jeffrey Skilling points to a chart...

By Frank Ahrens | April 12, 2006; 12:08 PM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Seats and Laps, Part 2

I've got a better set-up in the OPR today than yesterday. I got here early this morning and procured one of the comfy green-leather armchairs and pulled one of the flip-top desk-chairs in front of me. Now, I've got the laptop sitting on the desk, suspended well above my own...

By Frank Ahrens | April 6, 2006; 12:21 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Seats and Laps

Toward the end of my first day here in the overflow press room (OPR), an observation regarding seating: We press have a choice of two types of seats -- very comfy green-leather juror seats with arm rests that look like they should be in a hunting club -- or less-comfortable...

By Frank Ahrens | April 5, 2006; 06:17 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

 

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