Thursday, September 5, 2013

Why Are Virginians Paying For This?

Gov. Bob McDonnell’s state-appointed legal team has billed the state $90,068 for work performed in June.

That brings the tab for taxpayers to about $143,598, including an initial $53,530 that the firm billed for the services of former Attorney General Anthony F. Troy and other staffers from Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott.

McDonnell is facing state and federal investigations relating to gifts he received from Jonnie Williams Sr., a wealthy donor and the CEO of Henrico County-based Star Scientific. In May, a Richmond Circuit Court judge granted Cuccinelli’s office permission to withdraw from prosecuting the Schneider case. The attorney general’s office said it faced conflicts because it could be forced to cross-examine witnesses that it technically represents.

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