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Panel approves payment of Painter's fees

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - A special panel has signed off on state reimbursement of $294,054 in fees and expenses associated with the legal defense of Murphy Painter.

Painter, the former state Alcohol and Tobacco Control commissioner, was prosecuted and found not guilty of using law enforcement databases to look up information about people who were not under investigation.

The Attorney Fee Review Board on Monday ruled the bills submitted by attorneys who successfully defended Painter against the federal charges were "reasonable" and were not in excess of set hourly rates.

The board action also clears the way for Painter to seek reimbursement of the $180,000 he's paid, as well as other bills that have not yet been paid in connection with his defense.

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