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Attorney, Exonerees Settle Suits Over Fees

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DALLAS (AP) – A  Texas attorney who has helped wrongly convicted former inmates receive state compensation has reached an out-of-court settlement with three who sued over his fees.

Kevin Glasheen of Lubbock announced the settlements with Steven Phillips, Patrick Waller and James Giles Friday. The men who were exonerated by DNA evidence contended in suits filed in Dallas in 2009 that Glasheen did not merit his 25-percent contingency fee.

The confidential settlements follow a ruling by State District Judge Ken Molberg that allowed portions of the suits to go forward.

Glasheen is credited with pushing the Legislature to pass a law in 2009 that pays exonerees $80,000 for each year they were wrongly imprisoned.

A lawsuit filed earlier this year by the State Bar of Texas accusing Glasheen of professional misconduct is pending.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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