by Max Brantley
Matt Campbell, who's sued Secretary of State Mark Martin for failure to fully comply with the Freedom of Information Act in supplying information about outside lawyers' work for the office, says Martin's office has hired the Quattlebaum law firm to defend him in the suit. As we've mentioned before, the secretary of state has many lawyers on staff, but has resorted to outside counsel on numerous occasions.
Because, you know, it makes WAY more sense to be paying $200/hour to more outside attorneys than to just follow the law.
You do have to wonder why Mark Martin is so reluctant to turn over public documents.