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SB Common Council pays hefty legal bills

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The South Bend Common Council has some hefty legal bills to take care of.

The police tapes scandal forced them to hire an attorney back in 2012.  Originally they hoped to have the legal fees cost them about $10,000 but it quickly escalated.

"Through filings in federal court and state court we were involved in three other lawsuits, this council asked us to continue our representation and we did," says Spence Walton the attorney that was hired by the council.

Councilwomen Valerie Schey says the council approved to pay $70,000 in a vote on Monday night.

She says there will be additional legal fees when the case goes to trial next month.  There is also expected to be $10,000 in legal fees that the council needs to pay when they investigated a controversial Facebook post by Councilman Henry Davis Jr.

"Through filings in federal court and state court we were involved in three other lawsuits, this council asked us to continue our representation and we did," says Schey.

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