Senate Scandal Legal Costs 26 May 12

The legal tab for the Minnesota Senate over the firing of a high-ranking staffer is now over $46,000, and counting. That’s the total for work by an outside attorney retained to defend the Senate over the firing of Michael Brodkorb. Attorney Gayle Nolan’s invoice covered work from January through March at $330 an hour. Brodkorb was dismissed shortly after his boss, Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, resigned her leadership position. It was later revealed the two were having an affair. Brodkorb is preparing a potential lawsuit against several senators and Senate officials, arguing that he was treated differently from other employees involved in workplace affairs. Those officials could be entitled to state-paid legal expenses as well.