Ky. lawyers face trial for defrauding their clients of $65 million
Two lawyers accused of defrauding their clients in a diet-drug settlement of $65 million were sent back to jail Thursday after a jury deadlocked and a federal judge declared a mistrial.
The jury had considered the case against suspended lawyers William Gallion and Shirley Cunningham Jr. for eight days, and twice in two days sent out notes indicating it was stumped. A third defendant, Melbourne Mills Jr., was acquitted earlier this week. All faced a single charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
The case has been closely watched in the horse racing industry because Gallion and Cunningham are part-owners of 2007's Horse of the Year, Curlin. Curlin has won the Preakness, Breeders' Cup and Stephen Foster Handicap. The attorneys have since sold an 80 percent share of the horse.