Parish and city officials won’t appeal a judge’s decision to award more than $42,000 in attorneys fees to the American Civil Liberties Union for a case challenging the legality of a religious icon in a Louisiana courthouse.
St. Tammany Parish, the city of Slidell and the Slidell court’s chief judge withdrew a notice of appeal without explaining why they don’t want to challenge the award.
U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle ruled earlier this year that it was unconstitutional for a portrait of Jesus to hang alone in the foyer of a Slidell courthouse.
Lemelle also ruled last month that $42,739 is a reasonable amount to cover the ACLU’s fees and costs in the case.
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