Lawyer Accused Of Fraud Bonds Out Of Jail

One of two lawyers still accused of bilking clients out of millions from a diet drug settlement is now out of jail.

Shirley Cunningham, Junior bonded out from the Boone County Jail Wednesday.

He and William Gallion are still waiting for a second trial on fraud charges, after the judge declared the first one a mistrial.

Cunningham spent the last year in jail because his bond was set so high at $45 million. Last week, it was lowered to $1.25 million.

Cunningham has now been placed on electronic monitoring and is only allowed to leave home for court appearances, doctor appointments, or church gatherings.

Cunningham remained tight-lipped about the case Wednesday as he left jail, only saying that he was glad to be out of jail.

He must also follow some strict guidelines, which include taking a log of who visits him, along with a list of every phone call made and received. Cunningham cannot use wireless internet.

The judge said Cunningham's monthly expenses cannot exceed $10,000 and he cannot make a single purchase of more than $5,000.

Gallion remains in the Boone County Jail. Melbourne Mills was found not guilty in the first trial.


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  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Aug 27, 2008 at 04:59 PM
    Well, at least there's 1.5 million of the money they stole which is now in the court's hands. Hold onto it, that's all you'll ever see because as soon as these two get convicted, you can bet they'll file bankruptcy and all that money is probably sitting in offshore accounts so they can't be taken and given back to the people they're accused of stealing it from. Like I've said many times, almost everything in society that's turned out bad can be traced back to a lawyer or something a lawyer did to get rules changed to benefit themselves professionally.
  • by Cecil Location: Lexington on Aug 27, 2008 at 04:56 PM
    I believe that Shirley Cunningham and William Gallion both should also be found not guilty in this diet drug case. Melbourne Mills Jr being found not guilty is a miscarriage of justice. He has been practicing law for a much longer time than the other two men and he knew right from wrong. I guess what people say is true, " It's all in who you know ". Any reasonable adult with any sense knows that each of these men should pay the same price.
  • by Linda Jones Location: Georgetown on Aug 27, 2008 at 04:11 PM
    If these guys are guilty as charged then they should spend MUCH more than just a year in the slammer. Hopefully the truth will prevail in the 2nd trial and I hope justice is served if they are indeed found guilty. But then again, they are lawyers so I highly doubt the judge will find them guilty.

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