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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Abortion Protesters Entitled to Award of Attorneys' Fees

According to the U.S. Supreme Court, a plaintiff was entitled to an award of attorneys' fees against Greenwood County.  Lefemine d/b/a Columbia Christians for Life v. Wideman, et al. (November 5, 2012).  Protesters filed suit against the county after they were ordered by police to discard pictures of aborted fetuses they carried to protest abortions.  The protesters prevailed in court, but their petition for attorneys' fees as a "prevailing party" under Section 1988 of the Civil Rights Act was denied, first by the district court and then by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. On appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Court agreed with plaintiff that he was a prevailing party when he obtained an injunction against the county from preventing the protesters from carrying the signs at future demonstrations. 

Post Authored by Julie Tappendorf, Ancel Glink.


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