Friday, May 20, 2011

Georgia Judge Was a Hard Working Lawyer, Maybe Too Hard Working

Gwinnet County, Georgian Judge Rodney Harris was a hard working public defender. Records he submitted for payment indicate that he could work and bill 24-hours a day. Now I know we've seen lawyers "value-billing" for 24-hour workdays, but actually working all around the clock--that's a trick. I have a feeling the Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation into Judge Harris' billing practices prior to the time he took the bench have just cost his Honor a little heartburn. We shall see. Here's an excerpt from reporter Andria Simmons' story:

"Working more than 24 hours in a single day is an impossible feat. But an internal audit released Thursday found that a  Gwinnett Recorder's Court judge billed the county for just such a thing three times while he was a court-appointed indigent defense attorney.   Rodney Harris also would have had to work between 60 and 70 hours a week with no break to have rightfully earned the $1.1 million for which he billed the county between 2005 and 2010, the audit found.

Harris said Thursday 'At this point I don't have any comments to make.' He said he would make a statement in the future."
Well, at least there is one Georgian who knows how to shut his mouth, when mouth-shutting is called for.

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