Judge Recuses Self From Fen-Phen Retrial

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A federal judge who declared a mistrial after a jury deadlocked in the case of two lawyers accused of conspiring to defraud their clients out of $65 million won't handle the retrial.
U.S. District Judge William O. Bertelsman issued an order Monday
saying he would no longer hear criminal cases.
Bertelsman presided over the trial of suspended lawyers Shirley
Cunningham Jr., William Gallion and Melbourne Mills Jr. The three men were charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Mills was acquitted. Jurors failed to reach a verdict on Cunningham and Gallion last week after eight days of deliberations during the eight-week trial in Covington.
Prosecutors said the men conspired to short change their clients
after a $200 million settlement over the diet-drug fen-phen. The men denied wrongdoing. A new trial date has not been set.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Brian Location: Paris on Jul 7, 2008 at 02:58 PM
    Thank you Judge Bertlesmen you actually cared about the victims may you have a happy life.
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Jul 7, 2008 at 02:40 PM
    Gallion and Cunningham couldn't have gotten any luckier if they had won Powerball Saturday night...now they can file all those motions all over again with the new judge and try to get out on bail. I hope Judge Reeves doesn't let them out until the trial is over because when you have 67 million dollars and a private plane...do you think you'd stay and face 20 years in prison? I sure wouldn't!
  • by yes Location: berea on Jul 7, 2008 at 10:50 AM
    something about this whole trial to begin with stinks!!!! This doesn't surprise me this happened. PAYOFF PAYOFF PAYOFF


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