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SKILL, contracts. The art of doing a thing as it ought to be done.
     2. Every person who purports to have skill in la business, and undertakes for hire to perform it, is bound to do it with ordinary skill, and is responsible civilly in damages for the want of it; 11 M. & W. 483; and sometimes he is responsible criminally. Vide Mala Praxis; 2 Russ. on Cr. 288,
     3. The degree of skill and diligence required, rises in proportion to the value of the article, and the delicacy of the operation: more skill is required, for example, to repair a very delicate mathematical instrument, than upon a common instrument. Jones' Bailm. 91; 2 Kent, Com. 458, 463; 1 Bell's Com. 459; 2 Ld. Raym. 909, 918; Domat, liv. 1, t. 4, Sec. 8, n. 1; Poth. Louage, n. 425; Pardess. n. 528; Ayl. Pand. B. 4, t. 7, p. 466; Ersk. Inst. B. 3, t. 3, Sec. 16; 1 Rolle, Ab. 10; Story's Bailm. Sec. 431, et seq.; 2 Greenl. Ev. Sec. 144.

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"Never before have I seen a district that has asked so much of its staff in such a short period of time, and never before have I seen a staff rise to the occasion so greatly," says Skilling. "This year, we need to celebrate and have fun.
And Bruce Dorris, program director for the ACFE (Association of Certified Fraud Examiners) said the Skilling decision would affect how certain fraud cases are prosecuted in the future, adding: "The theory on many fraud cases, as to both government and business officials, may need to be adjusted in light of the opinion.
Kenneth Lay, who was chairman of Enron and CEO after Skilling, was also convicted of many counts of fraud and was scheduled to be sentenced at the same time as Skilling.
Skilling's criminal behavior--for which he still shows no remorse--resulted in the outright suffering of thousands of his employees and thousands of shareholders, all to enrich the pockets of himself and a few other chosen beneficiaries.
The drama started when 25 year-old Skilling was due to appear at Linlithgow Sheriff Court to face theft charges.
Eager to impress Wall Street, Skilling and his lieutenants paid their managers to aim at questionable financial targets; consequently, their internal system of financial controls was a shambles.
The DVD was released in January, but when Lay and Skilling's trial started that month, Magnolia put the pic back into Houston theaters.
'We fought the good fight,' Skilling told reporters outside the Houston court after the verdict.
The words "bad person" come to mind when I hear the name Jeff Skilling. Those people with Enron--I think they should all be hanged.