COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Two Kentucky lawyers are hoping to be
released from jail after a judge reduced their multimillion-dollar bonds in a case stemming from the now-banned diet drug fen-phen.
The lawyers, William Gallion and Shirley Cunningham Jr., have been held in the Boone County jail in northern Kentucky for more than a year. Gallion's bond was dropped to $2.5 million from $52 million, and Cunningham's bond was reduced to $1.25 million from $45 million.
U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves says he lowered bond Friday
because facts in the case had changed since the men were indicted
in June 2007.
Lawyers for both defendants told The Kentucky Enquirer that
their clients hope to make bond.
The men will be placed on electronic monitors and will only be allowed to leave home for court hearings, doctor's appointments and
The men are accused of keeping $65 million that should have gone
to plaintiffs in a $200 million settlement over the diet drug fen-phen. The first trial in the case ended with a hung jury, and a third defendant was found not guilty.
Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer,
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