March 3, 2013

Lilley seeks payment from state

By Dennis Hoey
Staff Writer

Daniel G. Lilley, the Portland-based attorney who is defending Mark Strong Sr. in the Kennebunk prostitution trial, wants the state to pay him for some of his services.

Lilley's office electronically filed a request Sunday with the Maine Supreme Judicial Court seeking $22,924 for counsel fees and associated costs.

In his request to the high court, Lilley specifies that he wants the state to pay for costs associated with his successful bid to dismiss 46 counts of violation of privacy.

When Superior Court Justice Nancy Mills granted Lilley's motion on Jan. 25 to dismiss those counts, prosecutors immediately filed an appeal.

On Feb. 15, the high court agreed with Mills' decision to dismiss the violation of privacy counts, effectively siding with Lilley. So now he's asked the state to pick up the tab for his time spent fighting its appeal.

"The fees incurred were reasonable and necessary to the effective and successful defense of the state's appeal," Lilley wrote in his filing Sunday.


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