Nunn's lawyers dismissed from wrongful-death suit

aclark@herald-leader.comDecember 16, 2009 

The law firm representing former state Rep. Steve Nunn has been dismissed from a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the mother of Nunn's former fiancee, according to an agreed order filed Monday in Fayette Circuit Court.

The Scoville Firm PLLC was added to the civil suit against Nunn earlier this month because the law firm allegedly received fraudulently conveyed funds from Nunn when the former lawmaker transferred his Glasgow home to the firm to cover his legal fees.

London attorney Warren Scoville, one of Nunn's attorneys, has said he did not know how to proceed in the civil case against Nunn if his law firm was also a defendant in the case.

Nunn is accused of killing his former fiancée, Amanda Ross, who was shot to death Sept. 11. Nunn pleaded not guilty Nov. 19 to charges of murder and violating an emergency protective order.

Ross's mother, Diana Ross, filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Nunn in late September.

London attorney Hailey Scoville Bonham, who also represents Nunn, also filed a memorandum Monday that provided more details about Nunn's legislative pension.

Ross's attorneys told Fayette Circuit Judge James Ishmael at a hearing earlier this month that Nunn had $550,000 in legislative retirement funds that were immediately accessible and questioned why Nunn didn't use his pension to pay his legal fees. Nunn used the net proceeds from the sale of his Glasgow home. Those proceeds, which total $137,000.87, are currently in escrow because Ross's attorneys say the property was fraudulently conveyed to The Scoville Firm PLLC.

The memorandum filed by Nunn's attorneys says the information about Nunn's pension was based on a Sept. 23 article in the Kentucky Roll Call newsletter.

"Nunn has chosen to convey every substantial asset against which Ms. Ross could attach a judgment, while preserving the highly valuable pension that Ms. Ross likely cannot attach," according to court documents filed by Ross's attorneys.

But Bonham says in the memorandum that the figures in the Roll Call article "do not reflect the current account value of Mr. Nunn's pension," which is $22,613.60.

"The bottom line is that Plaintiff has relied upon a newspaper article that she completely misinterpreted," according to the memorandum.

Reach Ashlee Clark at (859) 231-1443 or 1-800-950-6397, Ext. 1443.

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