AG to judge: Unseal details of gay marriage lawyer bills

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert is asking a federal judge to open the records on details about the $2.3 million plaintiff lawyers say they are due in legal fees for the lawsuit that led to a U.S. Supreme Court decision authorizing gay marriage, reports The Tennessean.

In filing a response to the bill for legal fees, the AG lawyers did not disclose their own estimate of what an appropriate bill would be because that would require disclosure of information now under seal.

Attorneys in Slatery’s office have filed a motion asking a judge to unseal those records, which include more details about how much time each attorney spent on the case.

“We believe the documents supporting the plaintiffs’ application should be transparent,” Slatery spokesman Harlow Sumerford said. “After all, the fees will be paid by Tennessee taxpayers.”

…Sumerford has previously said that Tennessee’s attorneys are seeking much more money than attorneys in other states who worked on the case. Attorneys from Tennessee, Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky battled state bans on same-sex marriage all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court last year, where the justices in June legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

The civil rights victory means that, according to federal law, the attorneys for the same-sex couples are entitled to recoup their costs. The exact amount is to be determined by a judge; in this case, it will be U.S. District Judge Aleta A. Trauger.

The civil rights victory means that, according to federal law, the attorneys for the same-sex couples are entitled to recoup their costs. The exact amount is to be determined by a judge; in this case, it will be U.S. District Judge Aleta A. Trauger.