The Kentucky Bar Association Board of Governors recommended disbarment for noted Cincinnati attorney Stan Chesley during a hearing on Tuesday.
Chesley was in front of the board due to claims that the Cincinnati attorney was reportedly aware that more than half of the $200 million fen-phen settlement was not going to the 431 people he helped negotiate it for.
Arguments were presented during a hearing in Lexington on Tuesday, where former clients lined the hallways in the morning, waiting for the hearing to start. Katina Jackson, who was part of the fen-phen case, said, "I'll stay here as long as it takes to see that justice is done."
Julane Simpson was a former Chesley client in an unrelated case who was also taking legal action against the lawyer. She said, "I want to see something happen that the people can go away feeling like it's ok, it's worth it, it is justified. Not vengeance, nothing like that. We have no right to that but we do have a right to justice in these cases and that's what I'm hoping for."
Julane and Katina didn't have to wait long; the Kentucky Bar Association announced their verdict later that afternoon.
"What the trial commissioner had recommended was a finding of guilt on several charges as well as permanent disbarment and restitution of something over 7 million dollars. We've accepted that recommendation and that is our recommendation to the Kentucky Supreme Court," said Doug Myers, Vice President of the Kentucky Bar Association.
Chesley now has 30 days to take his case to the Kentucky Supreme Court by filing a brief. Myers says the final decision could come in as early as 60 days.
Chesley's attorney, Sheryl Snyder, says that he plans on fighting his disbarment in front of the Supreme Court.
"The principal argument is that he was not involved in the misconduct of the fen-phen lawyers. He's accused of having ratified that conduct after the fact and we don't think there's evidence to support that," he said.
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