Beverly Hall (Flickr:Metro_Atlanta_Chamber)
ATLANTA -- In mid-July, 11Alive's Center for Investigative Action warned that taxpayers would be on the hook for Dr. Beverly Hall's legal costs related to her work with APS. Now those bills are piling up.
We have now learned the Atlanta Public Schools system has already paid more than $52,000 in legal bills for the former superintendent.
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According to information received through an Open Records request made by 11Alive News, APS has already paid for two invoices from the law firm Jones Day.
An email from school spokesman Keith Bromery said $48,552.40 was billed for legal services rendered through March 31, 2011. A second invoice of $3,795 was billed for services rendered from April 1, 2011 through April 30, 2011.
The bills did not include the period in May when Hall was being grilled by state investigators over the CRCT cheating scandal.
We have requested copies of all legal invoices, paid or not, related to Hall's defense against any accusations that she was in some way responsible for the cheating.
A copy of Hall's latest contract, obtained by the 11Alive's CIA team Action in July, showed that the former superintendent's legal fees and would be covered by APS. Employment contract law expert Matt Billips said the contract had a very general and generous indemnity clause protecting Hall now and into the future. Legal fees in any criminal cases, however, would not be covered.
Hall has retained Richard Deane, Jr. -- a former U.S. Attorney, former U.S. Magistrate and partner at Jones Day in Atlanta -- as her lawyer. With credentials like that, taxpayers can expect to pay top dollar.