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Friday, February 18, 2005

SoS Legal Tab Reaching $100,000

Pieced together from a Gongwer News Service article:

With all of the litigation the state of Ohio, and in particular Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell has been involved in lately, the legal bills are mounting. The latest problem to confront is something I've already blogged on before, the voting machine directive issued by Mr. Blackwell that a few counties took umbrage with and are fighting in court. Attorneys for the Franklin County Board of Elections had wanted to depose Mr. Blackwell yesterday, but Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Beverly Pfeiffer agreed to block the deposition.

Secretary Blackwell announced the appointments of Richard Lillie, a former assistant federal attorney and common pleas judge, and Robert Destro, a professor of law at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. as special counsel. Mr. Lillie, a partner at the law firm of Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, will be paid at a rate of $175 an hour with a budget up to $20,000. Mr. Lillie successfully argued in support of Ohio's provisional ballot law in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last year. He has an ongoing contract for legal advice and consultation, and has submitted $96,313 in bills through the attorney general's office thus far in fiscal year 2005.



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