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Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008 03:44 am

LEGAL BILLS MOUNTING

LEGAL BILLS MOUNTING

Private attorneys representing fired Springfield Police Department detective Paul Carpenter have billed the city $93,241 for their services defending him over the past 19 months in a civil rights lawsuit filed by a pair of alleged drug dealers. Two other former officers named as defendants in the lawsuit are also being represented by private attorneys at taxpayer expense, but the legal bills for Carpenter’s former partner, Jim Graham, and retired Lt. Rickey Davis are substantially lower than Carpenter’s tab. Davis, represented by Hinshaw & Culbertson, has so far billed $52,359 through September; Graham, represented by Heyl Royster Voelker & Allen, has run up a bill of $36,063 through August. Carpenter is prepresented by Thomas Schanzle-Haskins of Brown, Hay and Stephens.

The federal case was filed by Larry Washington and Jennifer Jenkins, arrested in March 2005 when police raided their residence and found a half kilo of cocaine. They have steadfastly proclaimed their innocence, and charges were dropped against the pair when plastic bags Carpenter and Graham presented as evidence to obtain the search warrant for the residence tested negative for traces of cocaine. Carpenter and Graham became the subjects of a year-long investigation by Illinois State Police, who documented numerous violations of SPD procedures by the two detectives. Although city officials subsequently fired the two officers, the city council agreed to hire private counsel for them due to an unspecified conflict of interest.

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