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Kennedy Legal Tab To Date: $107K

Councilman Mike Kennedy tells Hucks Online that the legal bills submitted by his attorneys Scott Reed and Peter Erbland in Jim Brannon’s never-ending lawsuit total $107,000 to date. That’s not a misprint. Kennedy said he’s appealed for financial help to the court, to the city, and he’s fund-raised ($6500 to date to pay for costs unrelated to direct attorney time.). Kennedy guesstimated that the city’s outside litigation counsel bill will be about $35,000. So the cost in defense attorneys’ fees is $142,000 to date. This does not count one hour of city staff time, internal legal work or research for the city.  It also counts not one hour of any such time for the county staff, including their internal legal research, etc. Sez Kennedy: “Someone can do the estimated math on that and the total number is staggering - well over $250,000 I would think.” Kennedy isn’t sure what costs he’ll face in a possible re-trial or Supreme Court challenge by Brannon.

Brannon Asks Court For New Trial

Item: Brannon to try again: Election challenge parties expected in court Dec. 7/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: Jim Brannon, unsuccessful challenger for Coeur d’Alene City Council seat 2 at the polls and in the courtroom, has filed a request for a new trial citing “erroneous” determinations by the court. The petition, filed Monday, comes nearly two months after the election challenge suit ended in September in favor of incumbent Mike Kennedy. … “The evidence at trial is insufficient to justify the verdict,” Brannon’s attorney, Starr Kelso, wrote in the filing.

Question: Anyone out there who still has sympathy for Jim Brannon’s cause?

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