After five years of litigation -- a scorched earth defense mounted by the City to its unconstitutional policy of discriminatory access to interior areas of City Hall for campaign purposes -- Judge Michael Barrett last week ordered the City to pay COAST's $511,000 in attorneys fees and expenses to stop the illegal conduct.
The suit included appeals up to the U.S. Supreme Court, and further litigation after the City lost at the trial level, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court, including five motions to dismiss, and extensive discovery.
"The City reaped here what it sowed," said COAST Chairman Tom Brinkman. "We are committed to stopping unconstitutional use of government property and personnel for campaign purposes. After confronted with this suit, the City elected to defend its policy to the death, and this is the natural consequence of that stubbornness. We fully expect they will appeal and add an additional $100,000 to their liability before finally acquiescing to the will of the Court and the terms of the U.S. Constitution."
Read the Enquirer article here.