Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Close the Books on Second Injury

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Close the Books on Second Injury

Article excerpt

Forriss Elliott of St. Louis was the only Second Injury Fund defendant to take his chances with a jury. The other lawyers and judges who were illegally involved in the fund administered by then-Attorney General William Webster have pleaded guilty to federal charges.

Elliott's gamble did not pay off; the last of the Second Injury Fund cases ended with a conviction that should warn others in the legal profession who might be tempted one day to use the federal mails to cheat clients. Elliott had company: About the same time that a jury convicted him, former Assistant U.S. Attorney General Webster Hubbell pleaded guilty in a bargained plea of similarly defrauding clients by padding time sheets and expense records.

When two previous juries failed to reach a decision in Elliott's case, U.S. District Judge Jean C. Hamilton ordered mistrials. In his third trial, Elliott was convicted of eight courts of mail fraud and conspiracy by a jury that deliberated four hours. …

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