The Hyattsville City Council unanimously approved a $10,000 contract with to conduct legal research relating to lawsuits filed against the city.
The move was criticized by local activist David Marshall, who said that the measure was too broad for the public to realistically know the nature of the work Murphy would be providing.
Mayor Marc Tartaro responded, saying that her knowledge of the city administration makes it easier and less expensive to conduct the legal research than if the city had hired a legal clerk. Tartaro also noted that Murphy's assistance was requested by the city attorney.
also to conduct legal research.
Murphy's contract comes in the wake of a There are also three other active federal lawsuits against the city at the moment, two complain of police brutality and a third complains of a racially discriminatory work environment.