Conn pleads fifth amendment, refuses to testify at hearing Wednesday (11:00 report)
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Conn pleads fifth amendment, refuses to testify at hearing Wednesday (11:00 report)


WHETHER AN ORDER PREVENTING ATTORNEY ERIC C. CONN FROM DESTROYING MEDICAL RECORDS OF HIS FORMER CLIENTS WILL BE LIFTED. THE TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER WAS THE SUBJECT OF A HEARING TODAY IN FLOYD COUNTY. CONN WAS CALLED TO THE WITNESS STAND … BUT INVOKED HIS FIFTH AMENDMENT RIGHT AND REFUSED TO TESTIFY. HUNDREDS OF CONN’S FORMER CLIENTS ARE SUING HIM AFTER THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION SUSPENDED THEIR DISABILY BENEFITS. S-S-A OFFICIALS LATER RESTORED THE BENEFITS … BUT PLAN ON REVIEWING EACH CASE TO SEE IF CONN’S FORMER CLIENTS DESERVE TO KEEP THEIR CHECKS. THE PLAINTIFFS ARE WORRIED CONN WILL THROW AWAY THEIR MEDICAL RECORDS BEFORE THEY CAN GATHER THEM FOR THE REVIEW PROCESS. 00 26 43 1:11 Eric Conn spent most of Wednesday’s hearing sitting in silence … Refusing to make his first public comments since hundreds of his former clients received suspension letters from the Social Security Administration last month. Opposing attorney Ned Pillersdorf planned to put Conn on the witness stand and ask him if his staff had destroyed potential evidence … But conn pleaded the fifth. 27:43 THEY DID NOT DENY THIS DID NOT HAPPEN. THAT SPOKE VOLUMES TODAY. THEY DIDN’T OFFER A SINGLE WITNESS TO SAY ‘WE DIDN’T DESTROY ALL THIS EVIDENCE.” MR. CONN TOOK THE FIFTH AMENDMENT AND NO ONE ELSE TESTIFIED :12 But Conn’s attorneys see it a different way. 23:31 ANY DOCUMENTS THAT WERE DESTROYED WERE NOT DESTROYED TO OBSTRUCT ANY TYPE OF INVESTIGATION OR TO HARM THE INDIVIDUALS THAT MR. CONN REPRESENTED. THEY WERE SIMPLY DESTROYED AS A NECESSARY MATTER AS FAR AS STORAGE SPACE WAS CONCERNED. :16 Pillersdorf called two of Conn’s former clients as witnesses … They talked about difficulties they and hundreds of others have encountered since their benefits were temporarily suspended. 5:00:10 I DON’T BELIEVE THAT I WAS SINGLED OUT … IT HAS TO BE FOR EVERYONE OR MOST OF THE PEOPLE :06 The hearing concluded after about 30 minutes when Circuit Judge Johnny Ray Harris promised to issue an order by noon Thursday. CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATORS SUPECT CONN OF USING FRAUDULENT INFORMATION TO SECURE DISABILITY BENEFITS FOR HUNDREDS OF HIS FORMER CLIENTS. HE HAS DENIED ANY WRONGDOING AND HAS NOT BEEN CHARGED. WE ASKED ONE OF CONN’S ATTORNEYS TODAY IF HE WAS AWARE OF A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION INTO CONN AND HE SAID NO … BUT THE LEXINGTON HERALD LEADER CITED AN ATTORNEY REPRESENTING TWO WHISTLEBLOWERS WHO SAYS HIS CLIENTS HAVE SPOKEN TO F-B-I INVESTIGATORS ABOUT CONN THERE IS ALSO A FEDERAL LAWSUIT AGAINST THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION SEEKING TO STOP THE REVIEW HEARINGS FROM TAKING PLACE. THE PROSECUTION CONTINUED

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