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Ex-Enron president not allowed to leave prison for son's funeral


Former Enron president Jeff Skilling was denied a bid to attend the funeral of his son, who was found dead in Santa Ana last week.

Police found John Taylor "J.T." Skilling, a student at Chapman University, at his apartment after he didn’t show up for dinner with two friends, police said.

Police discovered prescription medicine bottles near the 20-year-old’s body, and friends said he was upset over a recent breakup with a girlfriend.

The body was taken to the Orange County coroner’s office.

The cause of death has not been listed pending toxicology results that will be available in four to six weeks.

CNBC reported that the U.S. Bureau of Prisons denied the request for Jeff Skilling to attend his son's funeral, which occurred Monday. The station quoted his attorney as saying officials did not give a reason.


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That's inhumane - after all, John Taylor is not a high risk criminal and allowing him to allow to attend his son's funeral is not risky at all.

The smartest guy in the room... has to remain in his little room.

This is sad. If we put business people in jail for inappropriate behavior, there would not be enough prisons in the world to hold them all. In the Jewish community, being left financially destroyed is enough punishment.

That's inhumane

I agree. I remember in Boston that murderers were allowed (with guards that were not paid ny the state ) to go to funerals of direct family members
Maybe they think he the money to get away and hide. So let him pay for the guards (if he has it) times 4. They could make a profit

The cost of security for Skilling and escorts would be enormous. Perhaps a small private service at the prison chapel would be appropriate.

What? He might try and defraud some investors at the funeral? Give me a break, let the guy bury his son for Christ's sake.

This is his son! Why not grant him that request. How long does a funeral last. He needed to pay his last respects to his son for closure and was denied by an insensitive U.S. Board of Prisons. Go figure!

Not sad at all. JT doesn't know the difference and his father should feel the full force of his actions. He is somewhat responsible for this, as is B Madoff for his son's death.

MikeP, this article didn't move me to tears, but your comment did. To think that there is so much cruelty and lack of pity or empathy in the hearts of men such as you is a sad reflection on the state of society today.

Was Skilling treated differently than any other prisoner?

I can picture Jeff Skilling sitting in his prison cell crying and wallowing in his sorrows and feeling absolutely hopeless. Very similar to the how all the innocent Enron employees who lost their jobs and the investors who had their money stolen from them felt. It's almost as though what we do on to others returns to us in kind.

it just depends, if it is a common thing for people imprisoned at his level to be allowed to attend immediate family members funerals, then he should be allowed, if it is not standard, then no special treatment should be given

Skilling, that icon of shining ethics, glittering morals, and intact integrity is probably sitting in his cell masterminding a deal to sell the movie rights of his son's death to some News of the World bad theater film company. Its is truly remarkable to hear all the sympathy for such a greedy, vacant, and irresponsible scumbag like Skilling. Better if it had been him instead of his son, for whom the karmic bell tolled. He deserves everything that happens to him.

what will the crook skilling ask for next, someone to tuck him in at night when he's feeling bad? He should have gotten life in prison for all those crimes.


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