Kentucky fen-phen lawyers are jailed

by Ted Frank on August 12, 2007

“The court finds that there is a serious risk that the funds will be moved offshore and that with these funds at their disposal, the defendants will flee to a country with which the United States has no extradition treaty or otherwise disappear,” U.S. District Judge William Bertelsman wrote in the Friday order sending Shirley Cunningham Jr., William Gallion, and Melbourne Mills Jr. to jail without bond until the January 7 trial date. (Jim Hannah, “Fen-phen lawyers are jailed”, Cincinnati Enquirer, Aug. 11). We have lots of coverage of the Kentucky fen-phen lawyers, who have been found in a civil case, to have misappropriated $62 million of settlement funds by overcharging on attorneys’ fees and other diversions. Cincinnati attorney Stan Chesley, who has not been criminally indicted, is also civilly liable on part of his $20 million fee for helping to negotiate the settlement, with the scope of liability yet to be determined; trial has been delayed while the criminal trial is pending.

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1 P Saunders 08.13.07 at 2:53 am

So there is a bit of justice somewhere. A little more of this could change the face of the American judicial system for the better.

2 Stewart Peterson 08.13.07 at 5:21 am

Jeez–five months in the clink for something they might not even have done?

Doesn’t that seem excessive?

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