Two U.S. Attorneys from the George W. Bush administration are at opposite ends of a legal quarrel over control of a glass-bottomed walkway that stretches out over the edge of the Grand Canyon, The Arizona Republic reported Thursday.
On one side of the dispute is former Arizona U.S. Attorney Paul Charlton, who represents the Hualapai tribe which allowed the Grand Canyon Skywalk to be built on their land. On the other side is former Colorado U.S. Attorney Troy Eid, who is representing Grand Canyon Skywalk Development LLC, which built and operates the tourist attraction that opened in 2007.
The tribe is trying to void a revenue-splitting contract with Skywalk Development that is estimated at $100 million and take control of the attraction. A representative of the tribe told the newspaper that Skywalk Development hasn’t finished construction or supplied utilities as stipulated by contract. Skywalk Development has urged a federal judge stop the tribe’s effort to invalidate the contract, claiming that members of the tribe broke the contract and embezzled money from the venture.
Charlton, who was one of nine U.S. Attorneys ousted during the firing scandal, served from 2001 to 2007. He is currently a shareholder at the law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy PA in Phoenix.
Eid, who was U.S. Attorney from 2006 to 2009, is a shareholder at the law firm of Greenberg Traurig LLP in Denver.