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BB98338 12-29-2011 11:43 PM

Court finally gets it right!
D.C. Ordered to Pay $1M in Historic Gun Case
Published December 29, 2011
| Associated Press
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WASHINGTON The District of Columbia has been ordered to pay more than $1 million in attorneys' fees as a result of a historic gun case that was ultimately decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Dick Heller sued the city in 2003 over its ban on handgun ownership and the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the ban in June 2008, saying it violated the Second Amendment.
A federal judge on Thursday issued an opinion awarding Heller's attorneys $1,137,072.27 in fees and expenses. The attorneys had argued they should be awarded $3.1 million. Attorneys for the city said the figure should be closer to $840,000.
A spokesman for the D.C. Office of the Attorney General said city lawyers were studying the opinion. A telephone message left for Heller's lead lawyer, Alan Gura, wasn't immediately returned. The judge's opinion awards Gura approximately $662,000 for more than 1,500 hours of work on the case, paying him at a rate of $420 per hour. Five other members of Heller's team are also compensated.
After the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in 2008, the city rewrote its gun laws and for the first time in more than 30 years permitted handgun ownership. The new laws, however, include numerous registration requirements.
Those requirements prompted Heller to sue again, saying that the new laws are too restrictive. That case is still pending, with a federal appeals court ruling in October that the city must provide evidence justifying what it called "novel" handgun registration requirements including vision tests. The city is considering changes to the law that, if implemented, could impact the case.

Read more: D.C. Ordered To Pay $1M In Historic Gun Case | Fox News

Marthor 12-30-2011 12:04 AM

Everyone loses when the lawyers get paid that much.

JonM 12-30-2011 12:19 AM

the citizens of dc shouldnt be forced to pay that. every damn politician who voted for it shold be personally liable and pay for it.

its high time politicians should be held criminally and civilly liable for the laws they enact.

c3shooter 12-30-2011 12:39 AM

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Unfortunately, those funds will be paid by US taxpayers, since we support the district budget.

partdeux 12-30-2011 12:56 AM


Originally Posted by c3shooter (Post 662433)
Unfortunately, those funds will be paid by US taxpayers, since we support the district budget.

Out of all the money our govt wastes, I'm actually ok with this.

alsaqr 12-30-2011 03:12 AM

The District of Columbia is a sewer. It's run by incompetent criminal coddling ultra liberals. Too bad the US congress don't have the guts to crack down on DC.

209man 12-30-2011 03:58 AM

wow.... Sucking us dry....

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