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Andersen Accounting Trial Jury Foreman to Address Law Students

Posted on 2004-02-26 by Mary Wimberley (205) 726-2922

The jury foreman in the 2002 Arthur Andersen accounting firm trial that brought attention to the relationship between public accounting firms and their clients will address students at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law Thursday (MARCH 4).

Dr. Oscar H. Criner, a computer science and physics professor at Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas, will speak at 11 a.m. in the moot courtroom of Robinson law building. His topic will be “Who is proving what to whom? Reflections of a juror in a complicated, high profile case.” The public is invited.

His visit, sponsored by Cumberland’s Cordell Hull Speakers Forum, kicks off a series of Law Week events scheduled for March 8-13.

The jury deliberated for 10 days before finding the firm guilty of impeding an investigation by securities regulators into the financial debacle at Enron. Soon after, the U.S. Congress passed the Sarbanes-Oxley act that requires corporate chief executives to personally sign-off on their company’s financial statements. The relationship of the major accounting firms to the Financial Accounting Standards Board came under examination, and the enforcement efforts of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission was strengthened.

The number of companies revealed to have been engaged in illegal practices after the Andersen trial highlighted the extent of financial fraud in American business.

Dr. Criner will also speak to Cumberland students in a constitutional law class on Friday, March 5.

 

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