Friday, March 7, 2014

David Camm: Indiana; County officials criticized by judge for frustrating court ordered payment of his defence bills; Defence lawyers allege "sour grapes" after prosecutors lost the high profile case. The Courier Journal;

PUBLISHER'S VIEW: It is disturbing to learn that Floyd County is frustrating court-ordered payment of David Camm's defence legal bills.This is petty and vindictive. Especially in circumstances where an innocent man was put through three murder trials because of an incompetent police investigation - complete with tainted forensic evidence - and an oppressive prosecution marred by tunnel vision. David Camm was a police officer who served his community. He deserves  our sympathy as a man who has lost his family to a murderer. He deserves compensation rather than efforts to block his legal fees. The officials would do well to put their energies into studying  how to prevent future blotched prosecutions. Their conduct is indeed shameful.

Harold Levy; Publisher. The Charles Smith Blog.

STORY: "David Camm judge orders Floyd County to pay $140K in defence bills, by reporter Grace Schneider, published by the Courier Journal on February 26, 2014.

GIST: "The judge in David Camm’s third murder trial ordered Floyd County government to immediately pay $140,000 in defense legal bills to resolve disputed billings from the former Indiana State trooper’s trial last fall. Special Judge Jon Dartt angrily told Floyd County Auditor Scott Clark at a hearing Wednesday that the government couldn’t challenge claims for payment of lawyers and witnesses after the fact. He also admonished Clark and other Floyd officials for failing to pick up the phone to resolve the impasse. “All this could have been avoided. When push comes to shove, there wasn’t much in dispute here,” Dartt said. Since Camm’s acquittal in October in the murders of his wife and two children, Floyd County Auditor Scott Clark has withheld payment on some bills from Camm lawyers Richard Kammen and Stacy Uliana, citing a lack of documentation and payments to a lawyer and paralegal that he contends were not authorized when the defense lawyers were appointed.........Kammen and Uliana have said that all the billings are appropriate and that they’ll bill Floyd County for the additional time and travel needed to recover their trial expenses.
The defense lawyers also have asserted that the dispute amounts to sour grapes after prosecutors lost the high-profile case.""

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