Judge Won't Step Down

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A federal judge who jailed three suspended lawyers while they await trial in a fraud case in northern Kentucky says he will not disqualify himself.

U.S. District Judge William Bertelsman said in an order Wednesday he sees no reason to remove himself from the case in which the three jailed lawyers face charges they swindled clients out of millions of dollars. The swindle was allegedly in connection with a $200 million settlement over the diet drug fen-phen.

The three lawyers, Shirley Cunningham Jr., William Gallion and Melbourne Mills Jr., had asked Bertelsman to remove himself from their criminal case, alleging he had shown bias against them. They said through their attorneys that the bias was shown in the judge's comments in ordering them to jail after they sought a delay in their trial. Bertelsman issued a 16-page order in Covington saying there was no bias.

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


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  • by c Location: fkt on Sep 22, 2007 at 05:00 AM
    Good for this judge! Finally a judge in KY with a back bone! These lawyers are just mad because they are being punished for stealing! More judges need to do this type of thing to lawyers who think they are above the law! I hope these three stay in jail until they have repaid every cent they took from these people! They feel the judge is bias just because he won't let them out of jail! Boo Hoo! Cry baby lawyers finally getting what they deserve! I don't feel one bit sorry for you so shut up and take some of what you have dished out to others!
  • by jake Location: richmond on Sep 21, 2007 at 12:41 PM
    i love that these big wheels finally get some of there own... the system they manipulated to rip people and businesses off for so many years finally got them ,i hope.. of course they will buy their way out but at least someone tried to stop them
  • by kelly Location: waynesburg on Sep 21, 2007 at 09:23 AM
    good for him, stand up to those parasites who stole from the poor.

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