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Attorney suspended by U.S. Supreme Court

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

The Supreme Court yesterday issued the suspension. It gave Arledge 40 days to file papers with the court giving reasons why he should not be disbarred.

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.

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.

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