Ken Lay’s defense team launches Web site

With the federal criminal trial of former Enron Corp. CEO Kenneth Lay set to begin Jan. 30, he and his defense team have launched a Web site designed to enhance his public image and present his side of the story: Ken Lay Information. The site includes the texts of his court filings, biographies of his legal team, news articles and videos about the case, and Lay’s own articles and op-ed pieces. The site also lists Lay’s civic and philanthropic associations, his awards and honors and his business associations.

Doubtful such a site would have any significant impact on the federal court trial. But in the court of public opinion, a site such as this could be effective in helping to counter negative press.