Jindal's former counsel hired for education suits
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has tapped his former chief lawyer to defend the governor's education laws in court.
Jimmy Faircloth is the attorney representing the state, the education department and the state education board in lawsuits seeking to throw out the governor's signature education policies, including the creation of a statewide voucher program.
Jindal spokesman Kyle Plotkin said Friday that the governor chose to hire Faircloth for the job, rather than use in-house lawyers at the attorney general's office. Plotkin described Faircloth as an incredible lawyer.
A spokeswoman for Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said Caldwell decided to hire Faircloth "in communication with the administration."
It was unclear how much Faircloth, who is now in private practice, is being paid for the state work.