Back in April, Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope asked the Attorney General for an opinion about part of the money he takes home as pay. We reached out to Joy Rabalais, who’s represented the marshal in the civil case that led to the uncovering of the pay that’s in question. “Marshal Pope has ignored the Attorney General’s attempts to contact him with its opinion about the legality of these fees he continues to deposit into his personal bank account,” Robinson said. An audit of the City Marshal’s Office shows that, last year, taxpayers paid lawyers more than $150,000 to defend Pope in the civil lawsuit. Taxpayers also paid more than $180,000 in claims that the court awarded to the newspaper which sued Pope for failing to comply with state public records laws.