COVINGTON, Ky. The fate of three lawyers charged with defrauding clients in a $200 million diet drug settlement is now in the hands of a federal jury.
Attorneys Shirley Cunningham Jr., William Gallion and Melbourne Mills Jr. face up to 20 years in prison if convicted on wire fraud conspiracy charges. The case has been closely followed because Gallion and Cunningham are part-owners of 2007's Horse of the Year, Curlin.
Jurors began deliberating the case Tuesday after hearing evidence for six weeks.
Prosecutors said in closing arguments the lawyers were motivated by greed when they took a $127 million payment to settle a lawsuit over the diet drug fen-phen. Defense attorneys say that the lawyers didn't commit any crimes and that any mistakes were unintentional.