Judge Won't Dismiss Suit Over Governor Legal Fees

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A Jefferson County judge has refused to
dismiss a lawsuit seeking to force Gov. Bob Riley to pay $78,000 in legal fees to a Montgomery law firm hired by a legislative committee to sue the governor.

The Legislature's Contract Review Committee hired the law firm of Thomas, Means, Gillis and Seay last year. The committee had sued to stop Riley from continuing with a $13 million computer contract.

Riley refused to pay the lawyers after Jefferson County Circuit Judge Tom King dismissed the suit. The lawyers filed suit to force Riley to pay the bill.

King said in a ruling Monday that the legislative committee appeared to have the authority to hire the attorneys and refused to dismiss the lawsuit.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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