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Jury selected for fen-phen trial

A 12-person jury and four alternates were seated Tuesday in the second trial for two Central Kentucky attorneys accused of cheating their former clients out of $94 million.

Opening statements will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Frankfort in the trial of disbarred lawyers Shirley Cunningham Jr. and William Gallion, who are charged with wire fraud and conspiracy. Statements are expected to last four hours.

Federal prosecutors said they expected to call as many as four former clients in the afternoon. Cunningham and Gallion are accused of taking settlement money that should have gone to 440 clients, who had sued the maker of the diet drug fen-phen for heart defects. The suit settled for $200 million in 2001.

The trial could last six weeks. The lawyers' first trial, last July, resulted in a hung jury. Another defendant, Melbourne Mills, was acquitted.