Tony Has A Question
February 18, 2005 Contact: Ace Smith
For Immediate Release 213-687-7777
An Open Question to Mayor Jim Hahn – Who Is Going to Pay
The Legal Bills for Your Corrupt Appointees?
As the “graft inquiries” into the Hahn administration intensify, important questions remains unanswered:
“Who is going to pay the bills for the legal fees being run up by Troy Edwards, Ted Stein and company? And how much has been spent by the City so far?”
Last April, the Los Angeles Daily News reported that the City could be liable for many of these legal bills:
All the inquiries under way into City Hall's contracting practices have produced an unintended consequence: Full employment for attorneys representing city employees and officials who are being called as witnesses. And some bills that might end up being paid by taxpayers…dozens of officials being called to testify - and all taking the precaution of contacting attorneys for advice.
With the average rate at about $500 an hour these days for white-collar legal advice in criminal proceedings, it won't take long for the bills to soar so the City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo's Office is reviewing the potential impact.
A number of workers asked to testify before the grand juries are hiring their own attorneys, however, and planning to submit those bills to the city for payment. (The Daily News of Los Angeles, April 19, 2004)
Jim Hahn has already answered the question of who will pay his legal bills. He has set up a “Legal Defense Fund II” and filled it with money from special interests.
But what about the legal bills of the former and present city officials and workers who have been drawn into the graft and corruption probes of the Hahn administration?
Mayor Hahn owes the people of Los Angeles a clear answer: Will he allow public funds to be used to cover these legal bills?
So far, the number of cops not hired because of Jim Hanh’s wasteful Fleishman-Hillard contracts is 150. How high will that number climb when the City is done paying millions of dollars in legal bills that could result from defending Hahn appointees?###