TOPEKA – (January 29, 2019) – A federal court order requiring the Secretary of State to pay the ACLU’s attorney fees and expenses as a sanction for a contempt finding during a trial last year has been settled for less than the amount ordered by the court, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today. In August 2018, Federal District Judge Julie Robinson ordered the then-Secretary of State, who was representing his office at a trial involving state voter identification statutes, to pay $24,658 in plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees and another $1,556.79 in expenses as a sanction for the contempt found by the Court in its April 2018 order. The attorney general’s office later assumed representation in the case and filed an appeal of the sanction with the 10th...
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AG Derek Schmidt: Sanctions against Secretary of State’s office settled