Lee's legal bill going down as MLGW examines it - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Lori Brown

Lee's legal bill going down as MLGW examines it

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The fight over Joseph Lee's legal fees is not over.

Last week, the utilities board of directors agreed to pay the former utility president's attorney, but now we know attorneys are going through the bill line by line.  The final tab will be cheaper than the nearly half million dollars Robert Spence wanted.

Monday, an MLGW spokesperson said "attorneys for the utility are going through attorney Robert Spence's bill with a fine tooth comb to make sure everything is actually a billable expense."

What they've found so far is that everything is not.

Spokesperson Chris Stanley said by noon Monday MLGW already found ways to save tax payers money, meaning the $489,000 bill will be less.

Under the original bill, Action News 5 found, if Spence worked every day on the case including weekends, he was averaging a fee of $895 dollars a day.

The MLGW vote to pay Lee's legal bill came after the current MLGW president told the Board the legal fees came as a direct result of this job.  The Feds accused Lee of ignoring the $16,000 utility bill of former Memphis City Councilman Edmund Ford Sr.

A year later they dropped the case, but by then, Lee had lost his job, and had a big legal bill..

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