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Courthouse money down the legal drain

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Updated: 10/23/2013 11:41 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The city of Jacksonville is spending thousands of taxpayer dollars to figure out if it should sue the company that built the new courthouse.

They hired an outside law firm in 2012 and told Action News then the city would pay $60,000. More than a year later, we are checking back in.

Even though the $350 million courthouse is open, years behind schedule, the problems are far from over. Councilman Bill Bishop was on board with hiring an outside law firm to see whether a lawsuit should be filed against the builder, Turner Construction.
    
In July 2012, we first told you that city leaders planned to spend $60,000 to do that. Now, more than a year later, it's time to hold the city accountable for that taxpayer money.  The $60,000 is almost gone, but a lawsuit has not been filed.

People we talked with say it's their money so they deserve to know how it's being spent. We asked the mayor's office when the contract with this outside firm would be done. They told us they don't talk about legal strategy. We asked if more money would be spent. Again, they told us they don't talk about legal strategy.

We reached out to Turner Construction tonight for comment but have not heard back.
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tlynn - 10/24/2013 12:10 AM
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Don't just sue the company that built it!!! Add John Peyton to the suit!!! He needs to be held accountable too!!! The biggest waste of $$$ that this city has ever spent!
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