The two former chief executives of Enron, the firm that defrauded investors, could be found guilty of consciously avoiding knowing about the illegal behavior that went on in the company, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The judge in the case, Simeon T. Lake III, plans to allow the so-called "ostrich instruction" to be read to jurors this Monday. It will require a lower burden of proof to be met to find Jeffrey K. Skilling and Kenneth L. Lay guilty of conspiracy and fraud by knowingly shutting their eyes to illegal activity at their firm.

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