ACLU wants school district to pay legal fees

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union wants to be paid $173,000 in attorney fees stemming from the Cranston school banner case. The school district was ordered to pay attorney fees when it lost the prayer banner case last week. A federal court ruled the banner at Cranston West High School was unconstitutional and ordered it removed. The court also ruled that the school department is liable for attorney fees. The Cranston School Department is scheduled to meet February 16th to decide whether it wants to appeal. ACLU officials say their volunteer attorneys discounted hundreds of hours spent working on the case. Similar cases have cost the losing party more than $1 million.

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