Sentencing Date for Gene Cauley Postponed Again

by George Waldon  on Friday, Oct. 2, 2009 4:23 pm  

The Oct. 7 sentencing hearing for Gene Cauley was postponed on Friday for second time, and a new date has not been set.

Cauley, who surrendered his law license in May, requested on Wednesday additional time to provide $8.8 million in restitution to clients, according to an Arkansas Business cover story that will appear in the Monday edition.

In paperwork filed Wednesday requesting the postponement, Cauley's defense attorney, John Wesley Hall, noted that he's scheduled to work a six-week capital murder trial beginning Oct. 13. Hall asked that the Cauley sentencing be after that trial is completed, which would be sentencing sometime after Thanksgiving.

This marks the second time the sentencing has been postponed. The sentencing hearing originally was set for Sept. 20.

The former class-action attorney took $9.3 million from a settlement account on a case. He's only repaid $500,000 since pleading guilty to wire fraud and contempt of court in June.

Sentencing guidelines show Cauley could get 6-8 years in prison for the crimes.



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