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Duluth city clerk to Franken: Pay up or get lost

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Al Franken's legal team subpoenaed Duluth city clerk Jeff Cox to testify at the recount trial Thursday. How was Franken going to reimburse him for his travel, meals, and work time lost? A whopping $105.

So how did Cox respond? No freaking way. The city responded and told Franken's team that he wouldn't testify unless he received about $1,151, or $60 per hour plus mileage and meals. Defending your lead in the U.S. Senate race is a pricey endeavor.

Deputy city attorney Alison Lutterman wrote a letter to Franken's attorney, Richard Snyder, stating their position: "[Cox] is entitled to reasonable compensation for the time and expense involved in preparing for and giving such testimony."

View the court document (PDF) here.

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In testimony Thursday, Lutterman said, "The city runs a leanly staffed organization that is struggling to provide its citizens the services they have a right to expect. It should not be asked to bear the expense of providing its employees for these proceedings because it has no interest in these proceedings and is not a party. The subpoena should be quashed, or in the alternative, Franken should be ordered to pay in advance the estimated costs of Cox's appearance."