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Judge Rules ‘Friends Of The Barnes’ Must Pay For Foundation’s Legal Fees

An artist's rendering on the new Barnes Foundation building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. (Photo provided by the Barnes Foundation)

An artist’s rendering on the new Barnes Foundation building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. (Photo provided by the Barnes Foundation)

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By Kim Glovas

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Another page in the long controversy over the Barnes Foundation and it’s move to Center City. A judge has ruled that the Friends of the Barnes and it’s attorney must pay for the Foundation’s legal fees.

Attorney Sam Stretton says he received notice Monday from Judge Stanley Ott which ordered the Friends of the Barnes and Stretton to pay $25,000 in legal fees. The group says it is being punished for seeking justice. Stretton there is new evidence that former Attorney General Mike Fisher was involved in swinging the decision to move the art collection with out any interference.

“The attorney general who was supposed to be representing the public’s interest, had been involved from the get-go with taking steps to cause the transfer from Merion to Philadelphia of the paintings. It was our position that the attorney general should have disclosed that.”

Stretton plans to appeal the judge’s decision.

Another man was also ordered to pay the foundation $15,000 in a separate legal claim.

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