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Occupy Boise want Idaho to Pay Legal Fees

Benito Baeza

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. U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill found that the state’s efforts to quell or limit the protest violated Occupy Boise members’ free speech rights.

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