MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama's attorney general has paid private attorneys more than $1 million over the past five years for their help in high-profile cases.
Reports say the amount the attorney general's office has paid to private attorneys has jumped from $0 in 2009 to more than $271,000 in fiscal year 2013 -- which ends Sept. 30.
Officials in the attorney general's office say the numbers may be misleading because they include fees paid for expert witnesses and money paid to other jurisdictions in multi-state cases.
Chief Deputy Attorney General Kevin Turner says the office typically hires outside law firms for expertise and specialized skills or because of workload issues. Turner says the attorney general's office tried to keep requests for outside legal counsel to a minimum.