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March 13, 2006

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Visiting Prof. Samuel Buell Blogging the Enron Trial for the Houston Chronicle

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AUSTIN, Texas—University of Texas visiting law professor Samuel Buell, a former federal prosecutor, is currently blogging the Enron criminal trial for the Houston Chronicle at the paper’s invitation. The blog can be found at: http://blogs.chron.com/legalcommentary/.

As a federal prosecutor in New York, Boston, Washington, and Houston, Buell led cases involving, among others, the former top executive officers of the Enron Corp. He was the lead prosecutor on the Enron case until March 2004, when Skilling and Causey were first indicted.

Buell has been blogging since the start of the Enron criminal trial in late January and will continue blogging for the remainder of the trial, which is expected to continue another six to eight weeks. He is part of a group of five legal experts who are joint blogging on the Enron case. The experts can be found at: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/special/enron/3615028.html#buell.

Buell says he blogs based on his knowledge of the case and what he reads in the live blog that the Houston Chronicle beat reporters run about what’s happening in the courtroom everyday.

Buell is a Visiting Assistant Professor and the inaugural Fellow in the Law School's Emerging Scholars Program. He teaches criminal law, federal criminal law, and seminars on corporate crime and prosecutorial powers. His present research explores relationships between the normative influence of the criminal law and the state's regulation of behavior in corporations and markets. His writings have been published or are forthcoming in New York University Law Review and Indiana Law Journal.

As a federal prosecutor, Buell prosecuted violent crime, organized crime, white collar crime, and many other federal offenses. For example, Buell led the case involving the organized crime group headed by James "Whitey" Bulger.

Buell’s awards include the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service (the Justice Department's highest honor); New York University School of Law's University Graduation Prize (first in class); and NYU Law awards for outstanding scholarship and professional activities, outstanding law review note, and outstanding criminal law scholarship.

He served as law clerk to the Honorable Jack B. Weinstein of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York and was an associate with Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C.

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About Professor Buell: http://www.utexas.edu/law/faculty/sb3523/