Fen Phen Lawyers Jailed!

11/17/2008

This falls under the category of "be careful what you wish for." The three indicted Fen Phen lawyers went to court on Friday to ask for a continuance in their criminal trial. (If you are unfamiliar with the allegations, read them here and read the Courier-Journal story here.) Well, they got a continuance alright--they also got something they didn't plan on! U.S. District Judge William O. Bertelsman ordered Shirley Cunningham Jr., William Gallion and Melbourne Mills Jr. removed from the courtroom and confined in the Boone County Jail. Bertelsman indicated the lawyers have a tremendous incentive to stonewall, especially since they have not yet given an accounting of the $42 million allegedly stolen from their clients they have been ordered by another judge to repay. The trial has been rescheduled to January 2008 and it appears Bertelsman may keep them in jail until the trial. I'm sure this is quite different accomodations to what these lawyer/Curlin horse owners are used to.

Hans Poppe