Lawyers, Judges Discuss Attorneys' Ethical Standards

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A group of lawyers and judges has been
discussing if there's more Kentucky courts can do to prevent
wrongdoing by attorneys.

The meetings come on the heels of criminal charges against three
former Lexington-area lawyers, who are accused of stealing more
than $65 million in a diet-drug settlement.

Kentucky's mass tort and class-action litigation committee have
been looking at an assortment of issues including management of
mass tort litigation and strengthening ethics rules for lawyers who
represent hundreds of clients.

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  • by John Location: Pikeville on Feb 20, 2008 at 07:59 AM
    The Courier Journal wrote this story: Personal ties involving the judge, the commissioners he appointed and the landowners whose property was being condemned figured prominently in one of the most highly publicized condemnation cases in the past two decades. In that case, the commissioners awarded $950,000 to two Pike County men in 1987 for a coal-loading operation they had purchased two years earlier for just $150,000. One of the men, Teddy Colley, was a member of a politically prominent local family, and was named secretary of the state Public Protection and Regulation Cabinet in Gov. Wallace Wilkinson's administration a few months after the commissioners' award was made. Subsequent investigations revealed that then-Pike Circuit Judge Will T. Scott, who appointed the commissioners, was living in a home he rented from T.T. Colley, Teddy Colley's father, and that Scott was both a friend and a relative of the coal-loading operation's other owner, Frank Ramsey.
  • by Clayton Location: Georgetown on Feb 18, 2008 at 03:44 PM
    Duh! I would like for someone to do a study to find one honest lawyer or judge. I had the need to hire an attorney here in Georgetown in 2005 and just before my case was to go to court they said 'sorry' but I really need to reduce my case load. This was not a criminal case, rather a domestic relations case. You guessed it, they kept my $1500.00 deposit and refused to show me anything they had done that would justify this cost. The case was still unresolved and I had to hire another attorney. That's right, another $1500 up front. The case went to court in March and a retired judge, who had never tried a divorce case, gave a final divorce decree to the other party. I learned of the settlement in mid April, quite by accident actually, and had not heard a word from my attorney. I went to his office to get my money back and he told me that what ever was left from his 'original' work would be consumed by his time and fee. He also refused to show me any work that he had done on my behalf.
  • by Roy Location: Lex on Feb 18, 2008 at 12:41 PM
    Greed,I think that is the major reason for a lot of problems in this world
  • by Wondering on Feb 18, 2008 at 11:09 AM
    What two words don't go together in this story? Yep, Lawyers and Ethics...LOL!
  • by sandra Location: manchester on Feb 18, 2008 at 08:55 AM
    I don't want my email to be displayed on the site because of my case in still in court until 3yrs is up, but i hope the judge ck alot of attorneys out.
  • by sandra Location: manchester on Feb 18, 2008 at 08:51 AM
    I think Judge's need to discuss wrongdoing among attorney's because I sure feel like I was done very wrong and there's nothing I can do about it because workcomp was involed and they sure never went by the doctors statements. my neice is writing this for me because of the surgery's I can't type on the computer no more because of my arm. The judge said I can reopen the case in 3ys but if it goes like this one went it won't matter anyway, and my lawyer was suppose to be the best. he said it was my age i'm 40ys old why should that have made a difference and i never get the same answer from them so I hope someone does something because of them on what I get it's going to be hard to live. and I hope this is (confidential). And yes my lawyer would know who i was if he seen this but i hope they can help someone from this letter I've work all my life and it's not far the way they treat the working people because i sure didn't ask for this to happen to me. email back-neice ck's it for me.
  • by Jethro Location: Rat Cheer on Feb 18, 2008 at 08:14 AM
    How do you prevent wrongdoing among attorneys? Answering that is harder than defining the meaning of life. But all the wrongdong attorneys could be eliminated by sending one remote controlled ambulance over a cliff, and watching them fall after it. If we sold tickets we could also heal the budget "crisis".


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