A Texas jury and judge didn't swallow their excuses for a gigantic fraud that enriched them at the expense of employees, customers and investors, thousands of whom saw retirement savings vanish when Enron disintegrated.

Once indicted, the two corporate gangsters spent $70 million to hire the smoothest mouthpieces around. Now the mouthpieces, no doubt delighted at the prospect of more billable hours, say their clients are appealing.

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