Fen-Phen Lawyers Jailed After Judge Pushes Back Trial

By JEFFREY McMURRAY
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.

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


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  • by SUMMER Location: VERSAILLES on Aug 10, 2007 at 10:44 PM
    THEY NEED TO ROT THERE FOR WHAT THEY HAVE DONE TO ALL THOSE PEOPLE . THE PEOPLE PUT THEIR TRUST IN THEM AN LOOK WHAT THEY DID STOLE THEIR MONEY,THEY SHOULD HAVE THEIR LICENSE REVOKED AN NEVER BE ABLE TO PRACTISE LAW AGAIN .WHY WOULD ANYONE BE SO MONEY HUNGRY SO GREEDY AS TO DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS TO SOMEONE THAT TOOK SOMETHING THAT CAUSED THEM HEALTH PROBLEMS ,WELL ALL I CAN SAY IS I HOPE YOU ROT THERE YOU SORRY NO GOOD FOR NOTHINGS .YOU ARENT LAWYERS, YOUR THIEFS ,EVERYONE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU FOR THIS ,WE WONT FORGET,THATS A PROMISE
  • by Jim Location: Ashland on Aug 10, 2007 at 05:11 PM
    Hillarious. This judge deserves a medal!
  • by Dave Location: Garden Springs on Aug 10, 2007 at 03:57 PM
    Call the man, o wait he's doing time!
  • by Sherron Location: Irvine on Aug 10, 2007 at 03:54 PM
    How do you file a claim against this. I never received anything from them, but they were the ones I contacted and filled out all the paperwork with.
  • by jane Location: ky on Aug 10, 2007 at 03:23 PM
    Best news I've heard all day :))))) Couldn't have happened to nicer guys! Many trial lawyers do nothing but destabilize everything that is good about this country, from public schools to small business. Now there are probably a few more thieves-in-lawyer's-clothing that need to join them, but I guess that is greedy of me.
  • by kelly Location: waynesburg on Aug 10, 2007 at 02:14 PM
    serves them right they should sit there after what they did, they should be held accountable for their actions, sorry people should not even have a license anymore. they could always work for a living like the poor folks who they stole from....

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