Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Bless His Heart: Rusty Hardin's $1,350 E-Mail

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Isaiah 5:20

Well, it looks like the "bloody, poisoned dwarf" is up to his old tricks:
Rusty Hardin, the attorney who drew up a report on reasons to impeach University of Texas regent Wallace Hall, turned in his first invoice in more than seven months Monday, despite terms of his contract requiring monthly billing.

Hardin stopped submitting bills after his Dec. 6 invoice was widely criticized for its excesses. Newspapers around the state expressed shock that Hardin’s firm had run up more than $200,000 in charges in just 10 weeks from late August through October.

His new bill covers November 2013, and adds another $93,728.66 to the tally, keeping him on pace to bill around $700,000 for seven and a half months’ work. Hardin’s contract expired March 31.

One associate billed 18 hours over three days at $100 per hour for preparing some binders and uploading materials to Dropbox, a file-sharing service. Save the cracks about old dial-up modems. If you estimate the file size for all 150,000 pages Hardin reviewed at around 56GB, it might take somewhere around 18 hours to upload, using a 2G phone connection.


Hardin has accused Hall of creating a burden for the University of Texas with his records reviews, but Hall’s five public information requests have generated around 3,000 pages of paperwork. He’s also reviewed some 100,000 pages of paperwork prepared for others.

Hardin, in contrast, has needed more than 150,000 pages, by his own estimate.
 Read the whole thing here.

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