The Dover school board voted last night to accept a settlement over legal fees stemming from the Kitzmiller case for $1 million. The total cost was over $2 million, which is much higher than I had heard previously:
The Dover Area school board voted Tuesday night to pay $1 million in legal fees to the attorneys that successfully sued the district over its intelligent-design policy.
In addition, each of the 11 plaintiffs will also receive $1 in nominal damages.
Eight of the nine board members voted in favor while Bryan Rehm, who is also a plaintiff, abstained…
The $1 million figure was the result of an agreement worked out between plaintiffs’ attorneys and the district’s solicitor. In exchange, the board agrees it will not appeal.
As part of U.S. Judge John E. Jones III’s decision, in which he ruled Dover’s intelligent-design policy unconstitutional, plaintiffs’ attorneys were permitted to recoup legal fees and expenses.
Even though they have agreed on the settlement, Eric Rothschild, the plaintiffs’ lead attorney, said lawyers will request an order in court entitling the plaintiffs to more than $2 million in costs.
Steve Russell, the district’s solicitor, said the initial bill had been $2.5 million before negotiations began.
I certainly hope that other school boards take this as a warning not to try the same thing. And I hope state legislatures realize that when they pass laws allowing local school boards to incorporate ID into science classrooms, they’re inviting them into a very expensive “Dover trap”.