Another of Fred Smith's sons arrested
Remember April 1999 when about 300 UVA students rallied to protest the presence of one of FedEx boss Fred Smith's allegedly belligerent sons? It seems another scion of the billionaire has tangled with the law. Memphis media are reporting that 23-year-old Frederick "Cannon" Smith has been arrested in that city for public intoxication and disorderly conduct. Charlottesvillians may recall that the son here, Richard Smith, was convicted of assault and battery for breaking the jaw of a fellow student who called him a "fat ass." The protests happened because Smith escaped on-Grounds punishment–- even though then Albemarle Commonwealth's Attorney James Camblos III called the assault “one of the worst cases of unprovoked attacks” he’d seen. The rally appeared to prompt then president John Casteen to intervene by personally suspending Smith, who went on to work at Value America, a short-lived internet retailer funded in part by $10 million put up by his father. Value America went bankrupt in late 1999, and Richard Smith went on to sue UVA for $1.25 million, but a federal jury ruled against him in October, 2000.