AG: GOP ‘payback’ a waste of effort

At issue for Republicans is Hood’s practice of hiring outside counsel, trail lawyers who have reaped large attorney fees from the lawsuits. GOP critics say Hood’s outside counsel system awards friends and should be more open with fees and awards subject to legislative approval. On the political side, trial lawyers have been major Democratic contributors, which GOP leaders would like to cut off.

Hood contends the process is open with all contracts public. He says fees are less than standard, are awarded by the courts and don’t cost taxpayers anything. On the political side, by accepting campaign contributions from those lawyers Hood has left himself open to attacks as this bill.

Taxpayers should understand that this is purely a partisan political fight with little, if any, substance policywise. With the GOP in control, Hood is getting a spanking.

Clarion Ledger Editorial
2/9/12