Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

New Trial Starts for `Second Injury' Lawyer

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

New Trial Starts for `Second Injury' Lawyer

Article excerpt

The bell rang Wednesday for Round Two of the federal trial of Forriss Elliott, a St. Louis lawyer accused of overbilling the state by hundreds of thousands of dollars for defending the state's Second Injury Fund.

His first trial on seven counts of mail fraud and one count of conspiracy ended in a mistrial in April because jurors couldn't reach a unanimous verdict.

Assistant U.S. Attorney James G. Martin told jurors they will review Elliott's bills and hear a former employee describe how the defendant cheated the state. Martin also described a 1991 incident in which Elliott represented an injured worker suing the Second Injury Fund while simultaneously defending the fund in the same case.

Elliott sat impassively as Martin made his opening statement to jurors. Defense lawyers made no opening statement. The trial before U.S. District Judge Jean C. Hamilton is expected to last two weeks.

Elliott was appointed in 1989 to defend the Second Injury Fund, which pays benefits to people with job injuries when the disability from the injury is compounded by a prior medical problem. …

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