In an article published today, the Metrowest Daily News said they are still waiting to receive copies of the legal bills they requested related to the “Southborough Eight” investigation — within the law the town has 10 days to respond to the request — but they did find out how much the town spent pursuing the identity of an anonymous commenter on this blog.
Invoices show that a special counsel hired to appear at an Oct. 22, 2009, emergency executive session involving eight town employees was also paid to investigate the identity of an anonymous poster on a popular town blog.
From Oct. 1, 2009, through Dec. 1, 2009, billing records show that the town paid special counsel and Leicester attorney Barry Bachrach $3,091.50 for his work on an issue referred to as “Marty.” Portions of the billing statements were blacked out.
The first letter I received from Town Counsel Aldo Cipriano — the one that demanded I reveal “Marty’s” identity — arrived on September 22, 2009, so it seems likely there was some amount of legal work in September that is not accounted for in the bills obtained by MWDN.
You can read more in the Metrowest Daily News.