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Virginia AG argues over court fees in redistricting case

Attorney General Mark Herring speaking to an audience on April 17, 2019.
Attorney General Mark Herring speaking to an audience on April 17, 2019.(WHSV)
Published: Sep. 5, 2019 at 11:41 AM EDT
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Attorney General Mark Herring's office is disputing a $4.5 million bill that a private law firm wants taxpayers to pick up after it won a major redistricting case.

that Herring's office has said in court that Perkins Coie should be paid $3.1 million instead.

The firm won a lawsuit that accused lawmakers of illegally packing black voters into certain legislative districts to make surrounding districts whiter and more Republican.

A federal court ordered a new House map that made several districts friendlier to Democrats. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected the House GOP's appeal earlier this year.

Perkins Coie is the go-to firm for Virginia Democrats, including Herring, for campaign and election issues. Herring, a Democrat, hired the firm to help him in a 2013 recount battle.

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