In reviewing the expenses incurred by the Virginia Attorney General’s office incurred in connection with the Pryde/Peterson trial, I came across a puzzling bill for over $27,000.00 for an “expert” in earthquake and natural disasters. I have therefore filed a Freedom of Information request to determine how and why the state used Dr. Mileti.
Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli
Office of the Attorney General
900 East Main Street
Richmond, Va. 23219
REF: Freedom of Information Request
Attorney General Cuccinelli:
Dr. Dennis Mileti was paid $27,097.64 for his expertise in connection with Pryde and Peterson trial, according to Mileti’s itemized expenses provided to me by your office on July 12, 2012. Please provide me all written documents, notes, and materials referred to in Dr. Mileti’s invoices dated July 30, 2011, August 29, 2011, September 29, 2011, February 22, 2012, and March 15, 2012. I would specifically like the package to include, but not be limited to, the following:
1. All written documents and notes pertaining to his teleconferences with all attorneys, as well as with Kim O’Rourke, and Lisa Wilkes. The Write-up of draft opinions referred to in Dr. Mileti’s invoice for the period of July 13, 2011-July 28, 2011.
2. All written material pertaining to Dr. Mileti’s “document review and opinion formulation.”
3. The deposition “guidance preparation for our attorneys” referred to in the August 29, 2011 invoice.
4. All notes, records, and documents related to the “position plan development” referred to in the invoice dated September 29, 2011.
5. The “scope unobtrusive indicators study” referred to in the February 22, 2012 invoice, as well as all notes and documents from the “unobtrusive indicator teleconference w/Ed Spence” referred to in the same invoice.
6. All documents and notes referred to by “case preparation” in the March 15, 2012 invoice.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation.