A civil case prompted by accusations from convicted Annapolis attorney Edward S. Digges Jr. against his former law partners was to go to the jury today. Ironically, Digges, a once-powerful asbestos litigator who one lawyer described as "having his footprints all over this courtroom," was not called to testify during the 3 1/2 -week-old trial in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.
Digges was brought from a federal prison in West Virginia as a supposed key trial witness. But he has sat in Baltimore City Jail since May 8 awaiting a call to the witness stand that never came.
Digges prompted the civil fray last year after he pleaded guilty to mail fraud here for defrauding Dresser Industries Inc., his major client, out of $3.1 million in an overbilling scheme.