May 16, 2012 at 7:55 am
ST. PAUL, MN (AP) - The Minnesota court panel that settled the latest round of political redistricting is now being asked to cover more than $628,000 in legal bills for the Democrats, Republicans and citizens who joined the lawsuit.
Copies of the parties' submissions for legal costs obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press show that the DFL is asking for $292,000 and Republicans are seeking $246,000. Another attorney representing a separate group of citizens already had submitted paperwork seeking $180,000.
It's the fullest accounting yet of legal costs associated with the court's work. The courts have covered attorney fees related to redistricting for political parties and other groups in past decades.
In 2002, the state's redistricting panel paid out $368,000. Back then the panel capped the payouts at $100,000 per party plus costs.
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