Trial Expected To Settle Squabble Over Horse's Earnings

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A trial set for October could determine who gets a share of the earnings from Preakness winner "Curlin." Two of "Curlin's" co-owners faced a federal judge in Covington today on charges of wire fraud in connection with their legal representation in a lawsuit over the diet drug fen-phen.

If convicted, Shirley Cunningham Junior and William Gallion, could face 20 years in prison. They also may be forced to forfeit (m) millions of dollars, including "Curlin's" winnings.

Judge William Berdelsman set a trial date for October 15th in the case. Defense attorneys pleaded for more time because prosecutors say they have 87 boxes of records obtained in a search warrant.

Also facing the charges is Melbourne Mills Junior, who is not part of "Curlin's" ownership team. All three defendants were asked to surrender their passports and were released on condition they not travel outside their home state. Mills requested that he be allowed to take a cruise to Japan and Korea in September, but the judge said he doubted he would accept that.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Shameful Location: Lexington on Jun 21, 2007 at 11:59 AM
    What horrible greed. The lawsuit would have made them rich without committing fraud. Now, they have lost their means for making money (law license) and ALL of their wealth because of their pure greed. The Federal government does NOT play. These guys are toast.
  • by Anonymous Location: Lexington on Jun 21, 2007 at 11:09 AM
    All those years manipulating the system to stuff their pockets at the expense of others,at the very least their licence to practice law should revoked.
  • by Not happy with these 3 Location: Lexington on Jun 21, 2007 at 10:35 AM
    Mills should not be allowed to go on a cruise. They should be required to stay in their home state. They also should be required to deposit money in an account that only the court has access to. All assests should be frozen. Law degrees should be terminated forever.


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