Witnesses: Diet Drug Lawyers Not Flight Risks

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Three attorneys, two of them owners of
Preakness winner Curlin, who are charged with bilking their clients
out of millions of dollars from a diet drug settlement would not be
flight risks, character witnesses testified Monday.

U.S. District Judge William Bertelsman heard testimony from
several witnesses who said that William Gallion, Shirley Cunningham
Jr. and Melbourne Mills have close personal and professional ties
to Kentucky and would show up for future court hearings.

Gallion and Cunningham own 20 percent of Preakness winner
Curlin. Mills is a semiretired attorney from Lexington.

The three lawyers are in jail in northern Kentucky pending a
trial on charges of conspiring to commit wire fraud. Prosecutors
said they stole millions of dollars from clients in a settlement
related to the diet drug fen-phen.

They were led into court Monday morning wearing
gray-and-white-striped jail jumpsuits, handcuffs and leg chains.

Their former clients who attended the hearing Monday were not
sympathetic.


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