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Attorneys’ fees claim called “outrageous”

Lawyers for four Gloucester County supervisors “disregarded good billing judgment and went straight for the stars,” according to a motion filed Tuesday by substitute Commonwealth’s Attorney John “Jack” T. Randall.

Randall issued the motion in response to the attempt by the supervisors to collect $119,776.53 in attorney fees from the Gloucester County Citizens for Accountable Representation. The supervisors hired the attorneys to argue against petitions the citizens’ group had circulated, calling for the supervisors’ removal from office. Those petitions have since been disqualified.

According to the Daily Press, two teams of attorneys charged $80 to $525 an hour for several months’ worth of legal research and preparations to argue against the petitions. Randall’s motion states that citizens’ group acted in good faith, and neither they nor the county should have to pay the fees.

Judge Westbrook J. Parker of the Gloucester County Circuit Court will likely rule on the attorneys fees tomorrow.

By Sarah Rodriguez

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