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Occupy Boise: Idaho should pay $175K in legal fees

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Members of Occupy Boise are asking a federal judge to order the state of Idaho to pay more than $175,000 in attorney costs and legal fees after the group won a lawsuit over rules designed to curb protests and rallies around the Capitol. Under federal law, the winner of a lawsuit can generally seek to recover attorney's fees and costs from the losing side. The amount must be approved by a judge and can be appealed, just like the verdict itself. The lawsuit was filed in 2012 after the state tried to evict Occupy Boise protesters from a tent city set up near Idaho's Statehouse in 2011. Winmill found that the state's efforts to quell or limit the protest violated Occupy Boise members' free speech rights.

Click below for a full report.

Idaho ordered to pay another $376K in attorney fees re overturned abortion law

The state of Idaho has again been ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorney's fees after losing a court battle over the Legislature's latest anti-abortion law, the Associated Press reports, with the tab now rising to more than $1 million since 2000. The latest bill comes in a lawsuit over Idaho's fetal pain law and other abortion restrictions; U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill ruled Thursday that the state owes more than $376,000 to attorneys for Jennie Linn McCormack, who sued over she was charged with a felony last year for allegedly having an illegal abortion. The Pocatello woman won her case last year, overturning several Idaho abortion restrictions.

Idaho won't have to pay that bill immediately because an appeal over some aspects of the case is still pending in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, reports AP reporter Rebecca Boone. If the state wins that appeal, it could reduce the amount it owes McCormack's attorneys. But if Idaho loses, it could result in a double-down of sorts with the state ordered to pay McCormack's appellate costs, as well; click below for Boone's full report.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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