“City of Keene” Forces Taxpayers to Pay Over $20,000 for Private Attorneys

RobinHood_sheriffIn a blog post published here this summer, it was asked what the “City of Keene” hiring of hotshot private attorneys Eric G. Moskowitz and Charles P. Bauer would cost taxpayers. Now we have an initial idea. According to the Keene Sentinel’s feature story on the Robin Hood case dismissal, city boss John MacLean claims,

the money to pay for attorney Charles P. Bauer of Concord and his legal team came out of the city attorney’s line item budget, and estimated that cost to be somewhere between $20,000 and $25,000. The city hired Bauer’s firm because it has more experiences with these kinds of cases than the city attorney, officials said.

Was the city manager able to authorize this spending on his own without consulting the city council? IF the council was consulted, what was the vote and relevant discussion?

In reality, Gallagher, Callahan, and Gartrell was hired because they are the go-to law firm for NH government agencies. That’s what MacLean (or presumably MacLean – the Sentinel story cites city “officials” as the source of this claim) means when he says the firm “has more experiences with these kinds of cases”. Bauer’s clients are frequently cities, towns, and likely state agencies. He and his associates live off the taxpayer trough in all manner of frivolous and aggressive court litigation on behalf of municipalities.

jester_moscowitz_bauer[1]Now, Bauer will likely be pressing to appeal to the NH Supreme Court, and it should be interesting to see how “the City” handles the prospect of an appeal now that people know how much “the City” has already spent.

Regardless of whether a $30,000 appeal is in the cards, Keene’s taxpayers will be on-the-hook for the $20k+ already spent on attorneys’ fees by “the City”. Considering Keene is one of the top most taxed towns in NH, one must wonder how much more abuse taxpayers will take before refusing to pay for the city people’s continued aggression against peaceful people.

Aggression, of course, is all “the City” knows to “fix” its problems – in this case, those pesky Robin Hooders, who are preventing much of the aggression “the City” is using to threaten motorists for parking downtown. Rather than respect the rights of the Robin Hooders to speak to and record the enforcers, they decide to attack them in court at a tremendous cost. And why shouldn’t they? It’s not like they are spending their own money! They extorted the money (and will continue to do so) from taxpayers by threatening to take your homes and businesses if they don’t pay up.

It’s time for the city people to stop their aggression against their peaceful neighbors and start offering their products and services on a consensual basis, like the supermajority of the rest of us do.

Or, they can just keep fighting tooth-and-nail the inevitable rise of the ideas of liberty thanks to the thousands of people moving here as part of the Free State Project, and watch as their precious legitimacy slips away as we here at Free Keene continue to show their ridiculous, aggressive behavior to the world.

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  1. This is the same law firm that Market Basket hired to increase the state gasoline and diesel taxes by around 75% in New Hampshire. This firm has no morals and will stop at nothing, including crippling the New Hampshire economy or ending the 1st Amendment, if it meant making a dollar. Talk about loving money!

  2. The city spent $25,000, only to have the case thrown out.

    Parking fines earn Keene about $30,000 a year after paying the meter maids.

    Does anyone else see something wrong here?

  3. I wonder if the person who approved the hiring of an outside lawyer firm received any kick-backs? Lawyers are just as corrupt as cops and judges, and they act full circle. I think my guess is probably right on the mark. hmmmmmmm

  4. One might just as easily conclude, using the logic from the above article, that Free Keene “forced” the tax payers to pay $25k for legal services.

  5. No, considering it was the city that was found to be breaking the law. When criminals break the law, you don’t blame their victims.

  6. Who took this to court? The city has an attorney on staff; Why couldn’t he have done a little research in the law library and found that courts all over the country have ruled this kind of thing as protected speech? I love how supporters of the city bureaucrats always try to blame the victims. Like the city is magically incapable of filing frivolous lawsuits.

    It reminds me of an article I read in the news this week where the NYPD charged a man for felony assault because they opened fire on him (he was unarmed), missed and struck two innocent bystanders in Times Square then blamed it on him. Their reasoning was he caused a disturbance so logically, if it weren’t for that, nobody would’ve been shot. Like he forced them to shoot at him, they had no other choice. Ridiculous.

  7. That is sheer stupidity by the city. You must also take into consideration the fact that there is no way Robin Hooders cost the city much in the way of lost revenue. It is not like if they were out there every day all day long the whole year.


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