Bigotry Is Expensive

Joe Arpaio Costs Us Another $7.3 Million and Counting in Melendres (Update: Losing Lawyer Tim Casey Responds)

Please see update below with Tim Casey's whiny objection to the legal fees caused by the bad behavior of his client.

Who better to help me inaugurate a new category in this blog, entitled "Bigotry Is Expensive," than the man known for sucking all of the air out of the room and mammoth amounts of cash out of taxpayers' wallets, Sheriff Joe Arpaio?

In case you missed it, Arpaio just cost us another $7.3 million-plus in lawyer fees and legal expenses in the ACLU's big civil rights lawsuit Melendres v. Arpaio.

See, according to federal law, the prevailing party in a federal civil rights lawsuit can ask for reasonable reimbursements for the necessary lawyers, experts and so on. And the attorneys representing the plaintiffs in Melendres recently did just that.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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