Balfour will be paid back for his legal fees

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State Sen. Don Balfour (R-Snellville), who was indicted and then acquitted last fall on theft charges related to the filing of inaccurate expense reports, will be reimbursed by the state’s taxpayers for more than $156,000 in legal fees.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Henry Newkirk ruled this week that the bill for $156,787 in legal fees submitted by Balfour’s lawyers was reasonable.

Attorney General Sam Olens, who asked Newkirk to review the proposed fees, said he would abide by the judge’s finding and reimburse Balfour for the legal costs of his indictment and trial.

“In cases like this, Georgia law requires the Attorney General to approve the amount of attorneys’ fees,” said a statement released by Olens’ office.

“Attorney General Olens requested that Judge Newkirk review the bill and is grateful to him for his assistance in this process. He will approve the amount that Judge Newkirk found reasonable.”

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