US high court disbars ex-Miss. lawyer

Published 4:02 pm Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Vicksburg lawyer Robert Arledge has been disbarred from practicing law before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court on Monday issued the disbarment order. The court had suspended Arledge in July.

Arledge was convicted in federal court in 2007 for swindling a pharmaceutical company out of millions over the diet drug Fen-Phen. He was sentenced to six years for his role in the scheme, which netted more than $6 million from the drug company Wyeth.

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The U.S. Supreme Court denied his appeal in 2009.

Fen-Phen was a prescription diet drug pulled from the market in 1997 after research revealed it could cause heart problems.

Arledge was suspended from practicing law in Mississippi in 2008.