Then, he added, they should comply with the document retention policy. Andersen had created the policy a year and a half earlier to avoid having plaintiff lawyers use the firm's paperwork as ammunition against it in court.
No one asked Duncan what he meant, and he testified at Andersen's trial that he never thought that his order could lead to obstruction of justice.
Although his order may have sounded vague, it launched a massive effort to clean up the office's chaotic Enron files. Within hours, Andersen's auditors on the 37th floor of a building near Enron tower were culling their files.
The housecleaning would go on virtually around the clock. Within three days, in Houston and other Andersen offices with Enron-related work, more than a ton of documents would be discarded--more than is usually shredded in a year--and roughly 30,000 e-mails and computer files would be deleted.
Andersen staffers were seen huddled around file cabinets, rifling through desks and picking through piles of paperwork in the Houston office's common workspaces, their hands stinging from paper cuts.
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x - i always thought this was a neat letter
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