WHAT WE KNOW FROM RTKL RECORDS RELEASED

  • NO CONTRACTUALLY ESTABLISHED HOURLY FEE FOR BRUCE CASTOR TO SERVE AS TEMPORARY SPECIAL ASSISTANT DA

On April 9, 2015 then-DA Stacy Parks Miller signed a contract with Bruce Castor acting on behalf of the law firm of Rogers Castor for that firm to provide the services of Attorney Bruce Castor to work as a temporary special assistant DA to the Office of District Attorney. The contract stated the "Firm is to be paid for Mr. Castor's services in such amounts periodically as the District Attorney shall determine" and further that the "Firm shall be reimbursed for reasonable costs for travel, meals and accommodations expended in the performance of Mr. Castor's duties on behalf of the Commonwealth upon presentation to the District Attorney of receipts for same." Mr. Castor resigned (pages 3 & 4) from this temporary Special Assistant DA role on 12/31/17.

Missing from this contract was any language that explicitly spelled out the hourly pay that was to be paid to Mr. Castor. See Rule 1.5(b) of the Rules of  Professional Conduct ("When the lawyer has not regularly represented the client, the basis or rate of the fee shall be communicated to the client, in writing, before or within a reasonable time after commencing the representation.").

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