We are scratching our heads trying to understand the theory of liability in this bribery case arising from Buchanan County flood damage. It’s well-established that county officials solicited and accepted bribes, including a coon dog, from contractors in exchange for flood clean-up contracts. As reported by the Bristol Herald-Courier, it is undisputed that the contractors performed quality work when they got the contracts. There is no claim that the contractors overbilled.
The county says the federal government did not pay enough reimbursement for all this work, although there is no evidence as to why. Now, the county wants to make the contractors pay the difference.
Perhaps when he gets back to his blog, the county’s attorney will write a post explaining it all.