Attorney Under Fire Denies Wrongdoing

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PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) — An eastern Kentucky disability lawyer is denying accusations that he collaborated with a former West Virginia judge to improperly award disability benefits.

The Appalachian News-Express reports attorney Eric C. Conn denied wrongdoing in a statement sent out by his law office, which is located in Stanville near the West Virginia border.

The accusations against him were in a report released Monday by congressional investigators. It accused him of scheming with retired administrative law Judge David B. Daugherty to approve more than 1,800 disability cases from 2006 to 2010.

Conn declined to answer questions during a Senate hearing, asserting his constitutional right against self-incrimination. Daugherty left the hearing before being called to testify.

The statement from Conn asks the public to reserve judgment until "all the facts are known."

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