Patronage Probe

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A state senator wants Gov. Fletcher to turn over the millions of dollars in legal bills he's accumulated while defending himself in an ongoing state personnel investigation.

Senator Ernesto Scorsone says taxpayers have a right to look at Fletcher's private legal bills considering the state is paying for it.

Jim Deckard, who is Fletcher's general counsel, said the state government has already paid over two million to private attorneys involved in the case.

Scorsone accused the governor of throwing up road blocks to prevent the taxpayers from seeing where his money is being spent.

A Franklin County special grand jury indicted Fletcher earlier this month and charged him with three misdemeanors stemming from allegations he rewarded political supporters with state jobs after he took office in 2003.

Fletcher's lawyers say turning over all the bills would violate the attorney-client privilege.