MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Justice says it doesn’t have any records of how many hours it spent defending Wisconsin’s gay marriage ban, making the full cost of fighting the case impossible to determine.
A group of gay couples filed a lawsuit last year challenging the marriage ban. They ultimately won the case this past fall when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to the DOJ’s request to review a federal appeals court ruling that the ban was unconstitutional.
DOJ officials said Monday they typically don’t track how many hours their lawyers spend on cases and assistant attorney generals aren’t eligible for overtime.
The agency did release records that show it paid out about $4,750 in legal filing fees, shipping fees and paying an expert witness.
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