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Archive for Sunday, January 27, 2002

Saturday’s updates in emerging Enron scandal

January 27, 2002

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The former Enron Corp. vice chairman who died of a gunshot wound to the head committed suicide, a coroner confirmed Saturday.

J. Clifford Baxter, 43, resigned in May and was found dead Friday in a Mercedes-Benz parked not far from his home in the affluent Houston suburb of Sugar Land.

Police found a suicide note and a .38-caliber revolver at his side. The contents of the note were not disclosed.

A justice of the peace initially ruled the death a suicide but ordered an autopsy because of the intense interest in the case.

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Sixty-seven percent of Americans believe the Bush administration is either hiding something or lying about its relationship with Enron Corp., up from 53 percent the week before, says a CBS-New York Times poll released Saturday.

And seven in 10 believe the accounting practices that led to the energy trading company's collapse are widespread in corporate America, a Time-CNN poll found.

The CBS-New York Times poll of 1,034 adults was conducted Monday through Thursday. The Time-CNN poll of 1,017 adults was taken Wednesday and Thursday.

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