Fen-Phen Lawyers Jailed After Judge Pushes Back Trial

Associated Press Writer

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Three lawyers accused of bilking their clients in a diet drug settlement were jailed Friday after a federal judge agreed to delay their trial date but revoked their bond.

The attorneys, including two co-owners of Preakness winner Curlin, were remanded to custody during a hearing in U.S. District Court in Covington, according to an order filed in the court clerk's office.

Judge William Bertelsman agreed to the lawyers' request to push the trial date back to July 7, 2008. It had been set for Oct. 15.

Shirley Cunningham Jr. and William Gallion, who own 20 percent of Curlin, were jailed, along with another lawyer, Melbourne Mills Jr.

The three were already found in a civil case to have defrauded more than 400 clients in a $200 million settlement involving the diet drug fen-phen. The judge in that case found that Cunningham, Gallion and Mills paid themselves millions more than what they were owed. The 440 plaintiffs collected about $74 million of the $200 million settlement.

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