For Immediate Release:
October 17, 2018
Contact: Brittni McGuire, Brittni@wvdemocrats.com
Morrisey Bills Taxpayers For Outside Attorney On Hidden Documents Lawsuit
CHARLESTON, WV— On Monday, a lawsuit was filed against Attorney General Patrick Morrisey for failing to turn over documents about his connections to the opioid industry. Morrisey was caught hiding documents for over a year and refusing to comply with requests under the Freedom of Information Act.
Now, Morrisey is charging the taxpayers of West Virginia for an outside attorney to represent him in court. His office released a request for proposal for legal services. Because Morrisey is trying to hide his cozy relationship with the opioid industry, the state of West Virginia is forced to pay for lawyers to represent Morrisey.
How much will the state be billed so that Morrisey can try to hide his connections to Big Pharma? Will Patrick Morrisey write a check to reimburse taxpayers?
“Patrick Morrisey is using our taxpayer dollars to hire extra lawyers to try and keep documents under wraps,” said Belinda Biafore, chair of the West Virginia Democratic Party. “Morrisey should do the right thing and turn over all of the relevant documents so the public can see the full scope of his communications with the opioid industry. If Morrisey stopped hiding, there would be no need to hire outside attorneys.”
Biafore added, “If Morrisey won’t release the documents he should cut a personal check to the state for the legal fees tied to this lawsuit.”