Judge denies request to postpone fen-phen retrial

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- A federal judge in northern Kentucky has declined to postpone the retrial of two attorneys charged in a diet drug settlement case.

The Courier-Journal reported Friday that U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves called a delay unacceptable and ordered a trial date be set within 70 days of Sept. 11.

William J. Gallion and Shirley Cunningham had asked that the trial be pushed back to April.

An indictment charges the two with eight counts of wire fraud and conspiracy to defraud 440 clients of $94.6 million in Kentucky's fen-phen diet-drug case.

Gallion's lawyer had sought the delay due to conflicts with other clients.

The two men went to trial in Covington in July on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, but the jury could not reach a verdict.

The lawyers are accused of overpaying themselves from the $200 million settlement.

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(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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