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Get ACLU off Taxpayer Dole
worldnetdaily ^ | Jay777

Posted on 12/09/2004 5:10:09 AM PST by Jay777

Petition: Get ACLU off taxpayer dole Legal group awarded 1/2 million tax dollars for ridding courthouse of 10 Commandments

By Ron Strom © 2004

A new online petition asks Congress to change a specific civil-rights statute in hopes of preventing the American Civil Liberties Union from collecting attorney fees from taxpayers of local governments the organization takes to court.

The effort – spearheaded by Craig McCarthy of, a site dedicated to stemming judicial activism – seeks to change 42 U.S.C., Section 1988, of the United States Code. The statute now allows judges to award attorney fees to plaintiffs in civil-rights cases brought against local governments, thereby putting the taxpayers on the hook and oftentimes funneling public money to the ACLU. McCarthy wants the law changed so cases involving the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment would not apply.

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TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: aclu; extortion; federalfunding
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To: oldtimer

Well I wasn't asking you to fund them...just sign a petition. Cost nothing but a minute of your time. And thanks for supproting those organizations.

21 posted on 12/09/2004 3:33:11 PM PST by Jay777
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To: stopem
Taxpayers pay for them to go to court?

For suing to overturn Proposition 187, a law passed by 59% of the voters of the State of California, Judge Pfaelzer awarded the plaintiffs attorneys - a group of ACLU, MALDEF, and a couple of other sedition operations attornies - over $3 million in fees. On the basis of it being a "civil rights case".

So not only did the SOBs steal our vote, they stole our money too.


22 posted on 12/09/2004 3:36:28 PM PST by Regulator
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To: Liz
the statute empowers courts with nothing more than "discretion" to award fees

They almost always award them. It's one attorney asking another to scratch his back. The gang sticks together. They get the money.

It's more work all the way around, for both judge and plaintiff. And they don't even have to wait for one of the little people to show up with a dispute to reconcile. They just make it up.

23 posted on 12/09/2004 3:40:46 PM PST by Regulator
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To: Jay777; Howlin; Timesink; Utah Girl; hosepipe; backhoe; FITZ; Happy2BMe; ...

Signed Emailed and BUMPED

24 posted on 12/09/2004 3:49:33 PM PST by ATOMIC_PUNK (Fox should FIRE Juan Williams and Whoraldoh Riveria ! they both are Clinton Stooges)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

this needs to be done very urgently! Won't stop ACLU, but at least it will slow them down as they will have to start making decisions on where and how to spend limited resources. At least they will no longer have carte blanche to sue every school board and village council over creche scenes.

I don't like the ACLU very much, starting from the time I was in my early teens and they tried to stop that Russian kid from emigrating to the U.S. Their actions against the Boy Scouts are abhorrent as well. They also support some of the maniacal street preachers too. The ACLU's suits against school boards are responsible for some things being taken out of some public schools and no doubt serve as fodder for the education liberals' political agenda and negativity towards the public schools.

25 posted on 12/09/2004 4:31:14 PM PST by moog
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To: Jay777


With pleasure!


26 posted on 12/09/2004 4:58:16 PM PST by Monkey Face (Estne volumen in toga, an solum tibi libet me videre?)
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To: Regulator

Another taxpayer-funded gravy train for enemies of Christian America. Disgusting.

27 posted on 12/09/2004 5:10:31 PM PST by Liz
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To: watchdog_writer
Before you vote for a change in the civil rights laws you might want to consider that all Plaintiffs in civil rights cases are entitled to an award of attorneys fees.

Does the law make the ACLU pay the defendent's attorneys fees if they lose? I read that it does not.

28 posted on 12/09/2004 7:56:25 PM PST by tuesday afternoon (Everything happens for a reason. - 40 and 43)
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To: Jay777

Where do I go to sign the petition?

29 posted on 12/09/2004 8:54:24 PM PST by Santana (Proud aunt of niece serving in Iraq)
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Thanks for the ping!

30 posted on 12/09/2004 11:12:03 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Jay777

Signed; bumped.

31 posted on 12/10/2004 5:37:04 AM PST by TheGrimReaper (o)(o)....Keeping abreast for 50 years now.)
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32 posted on 12/10/2004 9:11:50 AM PST by Ros42
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To: Jay777

Mr.Pilgrim and I, are both signed up!

33 posted on 12/10/2004 9:28:51 AM PST by LadyPilgrim (Sealed my pardon with His blood, Hallelujah!!! What a Savior!!!)
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To: tuesday afternoon
In some jurisdictions if the Plaintiff looses, the defendant can apply to the court for reimbursement of litigation expenses and if the judge determines that the suit was frivolous, he has the power to order the plaintiff to pay.
34 posted on 12/15/2004 7:00:27 AM PST by watchdog_writer (God blessed America for the next FOUR YEARS!)
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