And the lawyers get wealthy
Yesterday, the Richmond Times Dispatch had this article about the legal fees awarded to the DPV's lawyers in the eavesdropping civil lawsuit settlement. Williams & Connolly, a major DC litigation firm, will receive around $350,000. Their fees come out of the $750K settlement.
The RPV, on the other hand, was represented by Hunton and Williams. The RT-D said today that Hunton's total legal fees would be around $160,000. Their fees are on top of the $750K settlement.
By my estimation, out of the $910,000 that will be paid out to put this lawsuit behind us, $510,000, or 56%, will be paid to lawyers. Not bad work if you can get it.
You have to wonder, though, if J. Andrew Keyes, Kenneth C. Smurzynski, Collin J. Fox, and Kenneth J. Brown are really worth $200,000 more than Edward J. Fuhr, John E. Holloway, Robert M. Tata, and Eric H. Feiler?
Makes me think that the Democrats should have negotiated a better legal fees contract. That way they would have more to spend on "charity."