Cannon’s office won’t give Rep. Scott Randolph detailed billing records re: redistricting

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A lawyer for House Speaker Dean Cannon rebuffed a request from Rep. Scott Randolph for detailed billing records related to the House’s intervention in a lawsuit challenging Congressional redistricting standards approved by voters last year, reports the News Service of Florida. Randolph asked for the records because, he said, it appeared that the House was doing much of the work on the case, filed by U.S. Reps. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., and Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla. But George Levesque, Cannon’s general counsel, said releasing the records could tip off those defending the suit to the “mental impressions, conclusions, litigation strategies and legal theories” of lawyers working for the House. “The sunshine law does not require the House to undermine its defense of its constitutional interests or disclose work product that is exempt or confidential under Florida law,” Levesque wrote. Levesque’s letter said the state has spent more than $1 million on outside lawyers from the summer of 2009 to July 31, 2011, and that an estimated $114,000 of that was spent on the redistricting case, which was filed in November.

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