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McCollum says he wouldn't hire subject of Rentboy scandal as witness again

Attorney General Bill McCollum said Monday that he "wouldn't do it again" and select George Rekers as the state's expert witness in its case defending the gay adoption ban.  A gay male prostitute has told reporters Friday that Rekers hired him to carry his luggage on a trip to Europe, and to give him nude "massages."

"I will not do it again,'' McCollum said, but defended his agency's handling of the case, and steered the blame toward the Department of Children and Families, which he said hired him.

"I think our team’s done what it should do,'' he said. "We’ve been defending the Constitution of the state and we’ve been representing the Department of Children and Families, who hired him and paid him and needed expert witnesses and he was available and credentialed.

"I wouldn’t do it again if I knew what I know today but I didn't know that then and neither did anybody else,'' he said.

McCollum spokeswoman Sandi Copes called to clarify: "They have paid him but we did select him, executed a contract that DCF approved," Copes said. "We selected him, they paid for him.''

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:36am]

    

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