Oppressing their citizens just got costly for the District of Columbia.
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.
As bad as the bill is, it could have been far worse; the judgement was arguably in favor of the city by so deeply undercutting what Heller’s attorney’s argued they were due. Still, it’s hard to argue Heller’s lead attorney, Alan Gura, will go into poverty with a fee that still comes in at $420/hr.