Back in November of 2010, Russell Latino, III wrote a letter to former Governor Ronnie Musgrove, who was representing the State of Mississippi in the lawsuits. Latino works at Wells, Marble, & Hurst, PLLC, where Speaker Gunn also works. In the letter, Latino threatens to sue if the Division of Medicaid isn't allowed "to select and pay its own independent counsel to advise it throughout the remainder of the AWP litigation." Sound familiar?
Well, Musgrove didn't back down, and Latino didn't sue. And Latino didn't get to charge the taxpayers an hourly rate that would have go into the coffers of Wells, Marble, & Hurst, PLLC. Had Gunn's "sunshine" law been in effect at the time, the taxpayers would have been hit with bills from the Speaker's employer, and quite likely would have missed out altogether on the $45,000,000.00 Musgrove has recovered for Mississippians thus far.
Here's a copy of the letter: