University of Pittsburgh

John Burkoff on Whether Taxpayers Should Cover the Legal Expenses of Public Officials

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March 27, 2013

Professor John Burkoff commented on recent revelations that officials of the PA Turnpike Commission had more than $200,000 in legal fees paid for by the state during an investigation of wrongdoing at the Commission.  It's fair, Professor Burkoff said, for the work-related legal bills of public officials to be covered by the government they serve, because being sued is part of modern life.  But the calculus changes, Burkoff said, when the officials are charged with cirminal wrongdoing.

See Professor Burkoff's comments in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review here.

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