Thursday, October 1, 2015

SPLC Forced to Pay Legal Costs and Fees

When it comes to saving taxpayers' dollars - every penny helps!

Last week the taxpayers of Polk County were reimbursed over $130,000 in legal costs that the county spent defending a frivolous lawsuit brought forth by the Southern Poverty Law Center. While this was only a fraction of what the county spent, we still consider it a victory.

“Back in April, I promised the taxpayers of Polk County that we would go after the legal costs and fees associated with this frivolous lawsuit, after U.S. District Court Judge Steven Merryday ruled in our favor that there was absolutely no evidence that juveniles in our county jail were being treated unfairly, as alleged by the plaintiffs. Not only did His Honor pen a 182-page ruling against their claims, he rebuked the SPLC for their legal arguments. As you know, I am very fiscally conservative, and we are always looking for ways to save money. When we have to spend money defending ourselves against ridiculous allegations such as these, we will pursue every avenue to recover costs allowable by law. We couldn’t be more thrilled that we were able to recoup some of those dollars.” – Sheriff Grady Judd

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