A Republican Activist Judge throws out the conviction of Ken Lay, thus leaving any possible reparation down the flusher for the Enron folks who were hoping to get a pittance from this thief. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/4267258.html The criminal case against Ken Lay came to an end Tuesday when a judge vacated his convictions and dismissed the indictment that brought him to trial. U.S. District Judge Sim Lake granted the request by Lay's estate to wipe out the convictions against the late Enron chairman, an outcome that was widely anticipated, given legal precedent. Lake also dismissed the indictment that was filed against him in 2004. In his ruling, Lake cited a decision in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals that makes a defendant's death before his or her appeals have been exhausted grounds for throwing out a conviction and dismissing an indictment. The Department of Justice had argued against vacating the conviction, saying it would unjustly enrich Lay's estate by preventing criminal forfeiture proceedings to recover restitution for victims of Enron's downfall.