COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Jermaine O'Neal, who went right from high school to the Portland Trail Blazers last year, says he was fined $300 today for a disorderly conduct charge after missing his court hearing by more than two hours. A bench warrant was issued for O'Neal's arrest when the 18-year-old center didn't appear for a 10 a.m. hearing before Magistrate William T. Smith, who issued a sealed ruling in O'Neal's absence. O'Neal said he was given until 5 p.m. to pay the fine. However, Smith would not comment on the case or even answer if O'Neal ever came to see him.
U.S. Magistrate W. Leon Barfield decided the attorneys who successfully sued one of Jeanette Garrison's health-care companies should be paid nearly $200,000. Richard E. Miley and Charles C. Stebbins III led the legal team that convinced a federal court jury in May that John O'Neal was wrongfully fired as Master Health Plan president in retaliation for cooperating with the federal Medicare fraud investigation of Ms. Garrison and HealthMaster The jury awarded Mr. O'Neal $476,592 in damages.
ATLANTA -- About 6,400 policyholders of Master Health Plan will get coverage from a new insurance company after a Fulton County judge approved the company's transfer Monday over the objections of two former executives of the financially-strapped health maintenance organization. None of the policyholders objected during Monday's hearing before Superior Court Judge Isaac Jenrette. Judge Jenrette said he overruled the executives' objections because the transfer will safeguard health coverage as HMO Georgia takes over the policies.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A week later than first scheduled, NBA teen-ager Jermaine O'Neal showed up in court Thursday and received a 15-day suspended sentence for disorderly conduct. "To anybody who has ever talked to me or been around me, I'm the nicest guy you could ever meet," said O'Neal, who skipped college and was drafted 17th by Portland in the 1996 NBA draft. "This incident does not say anything about Jermaine O'Neal. I just hope to use this incident to better myself."