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February 19, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Lawyer wants $2.5M in legal fees from Clark County

The Associated Press

VANCOUVER, Wash. — A lawyer wants a federal judge to order Clark County to pay $2.5 million in legal fees on top of the $9 million a jury awarded to a former Vancouver police officer who was wrongfully convicted of molestation.

In a motion filed Tuesday in Tacoma, attorney Kathleen Zellner requested hourly rates of $300 to $575 an hour for her team with a 1.5 multiplier for taking a difficult case.

The Columbian reports Clark County has said it will not pay the jury award.

The county did not have insurance in the 1980s when Clyde Ray Spencer was wrongfully convicted of sexually abusing his children. He spent nearly 20 years in prison before charges were vacated by the Court of Appeals in 2009 and officially dismissed in September 2010.

He won his false imprisonment lawsuit Feb. 3 in Tacoma.

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