the republic logo

South Carolina ordered to pay $98,000 in fees to groups that sued over immigration law

Share/Save/Bookmark

COLUMBIA, South Carolina — South Carolina has been ordered to pay legal fees to a group that sued the state over its immigration law.

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel on Monday ordered the state to pay $98,000 in attorneys' fees to groups including the American Civil Liberties Union.

Those entities sued after the General Assembly approved the sweeping legislation, which was modeled after similar measures in Arizona and among the stiffest in the country. The lawsuit said parts of the South Carolina law, like a provision allowing police to check people's immigration status, were unconstitutional.

Gergel ultimately said the state's status check provision could take effect but he blocked most other parts of the law. State prosecutors have acknowledged their defense of some of those elements likely would not succeed.


Kinnard can be reached at http://twitter.com/MegKinnardAP

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

All comments are moderated before posting. Your email address must be verified with Disqus in order for your comment to appear.
View our commenting guidelines and FAQ's here.

Story copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to info@ap.org and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.


We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)

Category:

Follow The Republic:

All content copyright ©2014 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.