Why is the mayor paying hefty monthly legal fees for criminal attorneys to represent him? This is a question Councillor Mike Marchese has raised in response to a Herald Leader investigative report last week which revealed the mayor has paid, and is likely continuing to pay, huge legal fees, so far $130,000, to criminal attorneys.
That report included detailed records of the payments made, when they were made, who they were paid, to and how much they were.
The criminal attorney fees are all being paid from the mayor’s campaign account.
The bulk of the fees have been paid to Greenberg Traurig, a huge national law firm with an office at International Place in Boston. Greenberg Traurig specializes in representing individuals involved in Federal investigations and other criminal matters.
Marchese says the mayor paying such fees from month to month indicates something could be wrong. He said a number of his constituents and friends asked him questions about the report over the weekend.
“This is not just about the mayor, rather, it is about the city and the right to know if he’s facing criminal legal problems,” said Marchese. “If the mayor is facing a legal problem, a criminal investigation by the FBI and the US Attorney’s office, then I believe the council as a whole needs to know what’s up. The mayor needs to meet with us and let us know what’s going on,” Marchese told the Leader Herald.
We have researched the controversy swirling around Revolution Ax wanting to open a bar with recreational ax throwing as the hook in our fair city.
At first blush, even the thought of the Licensing Board allowing such a place, is a long yard.
But should it be?
Axe throwing bars – where patrons throw axes in a controlled situation – are very common all over the United States. There are thousands of such bars with axe throwing as the hook. Continue reading The Revolution Ax Issue