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March 27, 2014, 7:27 a.m.

Ex-Mem­ph­is May­or Wil­lie Her­enton (D) “is de­fend­ing” a $55K pay­ment “made by the city of Mem­ph­is” to a private atty “hired to rep­res­ent him in a crim­in­al probe.” Her­enton 9/8 “called it ‘ap­pro­pri­ate’ for tax­pay­ers to foot his leg­al bill.”

Re­cords show Her­enton atty Robert Spence “charged $210 an hour to de­fend the may­or in an on­go­ing grand jury in­vest­ig­a­tion, which cen­ters” on a $91K pay­ment Her­enton “re­ceived in con­nec­tion with a city-backed plan to re­devel­op” a down­town bus sta­tion. Her­enton: “It has been the cus­tom and the prac­tice for the city to de­fray the leg­al cost of em­ploy­ees or elec­ted of­fi­cials when they have been ac­cused or they be­come in­volved in lit­ig­a­tion or an in­vest­ig­a­tion where it in­volves their pub­lic role” (Donich, Mem­ph­is Com­mer­cial-Ap­peal, 9/8).


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