Double secret redactions

10/5/2011: Want to know what the NCAA’s cleaner Michael Glazier is doing in exchange for the $150,000 UO is paying him? Good luck – here’s what the August invoice looks like, after the UO Public Records office is done with it:

The UO administration has no problem making the academic side pay $75,000 towards the cost of the NCAA coverup – but tell us what they are spending our money on? None of your business, professor punk. Move it along, nothing to see here.

I’m no neuroscientist, but I wonder what a Fast Fourier Analysis of these redactions would reveal? Meanwhile, I’ve got a petition in to Attorney General Kroger to determine if UO is really allowed to do this. Should have an answer in a week or two. The Glazier contracts and other invoices are here.

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3 Responses to Double secret redactions

  1. Andy Stahl says:

    Whatever attorney-client privilege regarding billing rates that may have applied here has obviously been waived by the client, as the UO has disclosed voluntarily the billing records.

  2. Arguably attorney’s billing is part of the attorney-client privilege – thus confidential. A public entity doesn’t forego that privilege merely because it is publically funded.

    I can only speak to my California experience – but billing in increments of .25 is common and often easily justified. A phone call typically involves activity other than the call, e. g., preparation.

  3. Andy Stahl says:

    Most attorneys bill in 1/10-hour fractions, i.e., for each 6 minutes. Glazier appears to be among the minority that bills in quarter-hour fractions. Doing so inflates the client’s costs, e.g., a 12-minute phone call billed as 0.2 hours vs. 0.25 hrs.

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