Legislative Leaders Angry About Claims Bills' Fees
Senate President Ken Pruitt and House Speaker Marco Rubio on Thursday wrote a letter (read it here: MNoel.pdf) to CFO Alex Sink, asking her to remove liens filed against Minouche Noel by lawyers and lobbyists seeking more in fees than the Legislature originally ordered.
Noel is a South Florida teenager who was paralyzed as an infant by a state-contracted doctor; the Legislature awarded Noel $8.5 million. But it specifically limited attorney's fees to $1 million and lobbyists fees to $85,000.
The case was controversial because only Noel and the family of Martin Lee Anderson won awards for their claims bills, while the Legislature bypassed wrongly convicted Alan Crotzer spent 25 years in jail for a crime he didn't commit.