Monday, October 27, 2008
Sheriff Anderson Allows Law Firm To Bilk Taxpayers
Instead of using the free services of Indianapolis' corporation counsel, Sheriff Frank Anderson gives all of his legal work to a political crony and former campaign manager, Kevin Murray, of the law firm of Locke Reynolds. According to the Star's Brendan O'Shaughnessy, Murray has billed the sheriff's department more than $3 million since 2003 and could bill the county an additional $1.5 million before his latest contract expires. O'Shaughnessy notes that the corporation counsel's office employs 27 lawyers at salaries from $45,000 to $90,000. Sheriff Jack Cottey also used outside counsel, but the fees were capped at $290,000 per year. It should also be pointed out that the corporation counsel's office still farms out some of its legal work to local law firms. Some have questioned where that work is currently being steered. Attorney Paul Ogden has more on that here.