TWO CRIMINAL TRIALS an ocean and a continent apart have claimed their share of world news headlines in recent weeks.

• In Houston, Texas, the trial of two chief Enron officials, whose fraudulent deals were at the heart of one of corporate America's biggest frauds and financial collapses, took a dramatic turn when the company's former chief financial officer became the central figure for both prosecution and defense. It seemed harder than ever for anyone to get to the truth.

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