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Troy to represent McDonnell in chef case

Former Virginia Attorney General Anthony F. Troy has been hired to represent Gov. Bob McDonnell in the politically flavored criminal case against a former chef in the state Executive Mansion.

McDonnell is not charged in the case, but the chef’s defense lawyers have raised allegations ranging from misuse of kitchen resources to unreported gifts from a political supporter.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch obtained a copy of a letter from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli appointing Troy and his firm, Eckert Seamans, to serve as special counsel to the office of the governor.

Troy’s hourly rate is $250, with bills to be sent to the governor’s office, according to the letter.

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