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Judge orders Floyd County to pay Camm defense attorneys’ bills

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The dispute over trial expenses between the attorneys representing David Camm and Floyd County came closer to a resolution Wednesday with Judge Jonathan Dartt ordering the county auditor to pay about $140,000.

Camm, a former Indiana State Police Trooper, was convicted of murdering his wife and two children at their home in Floyd County in 2000. He was tried three separate times – the convictions from the first two trials were both overturned on appeal – before being found not guilty in a third trial.

The much-publicized case cost Floyd County more than $4 million over the past 13 years and left county officials fretting over how to cover the expenses with the municipality’s already stretched coffers.

Wednesday’s hearing focused on roughly $175,000 in unpaid defense bills from the third trial. Specially appointed Judge Jonathan Dartt ordered county Auditor Scott Clark to pay the defense attorneys, Richard Kammen and Stacy Uliana. The outstanding bills cover the defense team’s expert witnesses and other expenses.

“It’s really just unfortunate that it seems to be an issue with the auditor,” Uliana said, adding the defense wants to get this matter resolved so everyone can get paid.

At the hearing, Greg Reger, attorney appointed by Floyd County to handle the billing issues surrounding the Camm case, gave Kammen and Uliana a check for $39,000 and made arrangements to get them another $100,000. Dartt then gave the auditor three days to settle the remaining amount of roughly $40,000.

Reger declined to comment about the proceeding.

Kammen and Uliana represented Camm as public defenders. During the defendant’s first two trials his family paid the attorney bills, but by the second appeal, financial resources were depleted and the family had to rely on public defenders.   

After the current bills are settled, one more bill, covering the expenses for the defense’s touch DNA expert, will remain.  
 

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  1. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  2. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

  3. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  4. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  5. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

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