Friday, May 27, 2011

Thous Shall Not Steal from the Taxpayer: Kentucky Taxpayers Pony-Up the Big Bucks for Biblical Principles

Michael Stevens who publishes the invaluable clearinghouse-blawg Kentucky Law Review reports that Kentucky taxpayers are increasingly finding themselves on the hook for the ACLU's attorney fees.  This is because local politicos are addicted to pandering over the Ten Commandments, thereby losing Separation of Church and State lawsuits brought by the ACLU.  This is from Michael's post, check the quote:

"Several Kentucky counties have continued to litigate their right to post the Ten Commandments on the walls of government buildings. They continue to lose in the courts, and now the bills for courts costs and attorney fees being awarded to the ACLU are coming home to roost.

[In mid-May] U.S. District Judge Jennifer Coffman awarded an additional $23,366 in attorney fees and costs to the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky for its work in challenging the displays, which were ruled unconstitutional.

Pulaski and McCreary counties now owe the ACLU a total of $456,881, nearly all of it for attorney fees. That figure doesn’t include mounting interest.  It’s not clear how the two counties would pay the bill[.]
The judgment is not covered under McCreary County’s insurance policy, and the relatively poor county — hard-pressed to provide services as it is — has nothing extra in the budget this fiscal year or next to pay the bill[.]

[County official] Maxey said 'We don’t have no $250,000 that we want to pay them with,”'referring to the ACLU.

The counties owe the ACLU the money because the civil-rights organization won the court case challenging the counties’ decision to post copies of the Ten Commandments."
Here, you have poor counties spending the taxpayers' dime to defend consitutionally indefensible lawsuits necessitated by pandering politicians.  Good work.

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