Despite a lien on his 440-acre estate, John Z. DeLorean is refusing to pay $10.3 million to the lawyer who helped keep him out of jail on cocaine trafficking and embezzlement charges.
"What this guy's trying to do is grab as much as he can," DeLorean, 70, said Tuesday after attorney Mayer Morganroth threatened to have the estate and farm in Newark, N.J., sold at a sheriff's sale.A federal jury in Detroit ordered DeLorean to pay Morganroth $5.3 million in back legal fees, plus $5 million in damages. DeLorean is appealing.
Morganroth claims he handled about 40 cases for DeLorean, helping win acquittals in cocaine trafficking and embezzlement trials.
DeLorean, whose sports car company collapsed after his 1982 arrest on cocaine charges, said Morganroth is exaggerating his role.