$75 million lawyers’ fee to stay frozen, SC judge rules


Aerial view of the mixed oxide fuel factory at the Savannah River Site

A lawyer for a Columbia private law firm that received a $75 million fee from Attorney General Alan Wilson for legal work in a $600 million plutonium settlement told a state circuit judge on Wednesday that, under the law, no one can stop Wilson from paying out any size fee he wants to.

“The statute is clear: the attorney general can pay litigation costs, including attorneys’ fees,” said Rep. Todd Rutherford, D-Richland, who represented Columbia law firm Willoughby & Hoefer in a Wednesday hearing before state circuit Judge Alison Lee.

The only oversight to check Wilson’s payments to private lawyers to help with legal work is the will of the voters every four years who, if they don’t like what he’s doing, “can go to the polls and un-elect

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