Judge Sim Lake, who is overseeing the Enron fraud trial, has been profiled by two prominent newspapers today.
The Financial Times profile gets off to a predictable start:
Judge Sim Lake has spent most of his life in the Lone Star State. Yet he could hardly be further removed from the stereotypical strutting Texan.
Belated warning to any international media in Houston -- beware of the stereotypical strutting Texans! But be even more wary of the Danger Train. It kills.
The Washington Post profile dives right into substance:
As the trial of Enron Corp.'s former leaders ends its first week, U.S. District Judge Simeon T. Lake III is turning into its most active player. Thursday, he beat back repeated defense objections, urged the government to file color-coded document lists and stepped in on occasion to pose his own questions of the prosecution's first witness.
It was quintessential Lake. He is a man in control -- of his emotions, of his fitness regimen, and, most especially, of his courtroom.
So there you have it. Hat tip to the Wall Street Journal Law Blog for the links.