From our Mish-Math desk
On the face of it, one of the local dailies has trouble with numbers today.
City to pay lawyer in Teamsters’ case $625 an hour
The defense attorney hired by Mayor Martin J. Walsh to represent his administration in a federal investigation of a union’s alleged extortion scheme will be paid $625 an hour, according to a contract released Friday.
That rate is nearly three times what the city usually pays outside lawyers.
Lawyers in Teamster probe to get $910 an hour
The private legal team hired by Mayor Martin J. Walsh to investigate City Hall in the wake of the federal Teamsters extortion probe will be paid $910 an hour, according to the contract.
So what doesn’t add up here? Actually, it’s what does add up that accounts for the discrepancy. From the feisty local tabloid:
Attorney Brian T. Kelly, a former federal prosecutor who helped convict mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, will be paid $625 an hour while his associate will earn $285 an hour, a copy of the contract obtained by the Herald states.
That’s the second graf in the Herald. The Globe mentions it in the ninth. But the stately local broadsheet has info on other costly city contracts, so let’s call it a draw.