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ACLU seeks more than $2.8M in legal costs from Yakima

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YAKIMA, WA- A federal judge has denied Yakima's motion for reconsidering it's voting rights case with the American Civil Liberties Union.


The city asked U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Rice to review his February decision that would order Yakima to adopt a district-based election system for the City Council so that more minorities would be represented.


The city has 30 days to make a decision on whether or not to appeal the ruling. 


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YAKIMA, WA - The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking more than $2.8 million in legal costs from the city of Yakima in the organization's successful voting rights lawsuit.

Numbers surfaced in court filings late Tuesday.

Several Yakima City Council members said they had just heard about the request and hadn't yet had a chance to look at the documents.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Rice ruled last summer that Yakima's system for city council elections "suffocates" the will of Latino voters. He asked the city and the ACLU chapter to come up with proposals for new systems. On Feb. 17, he adopted the ACLU's proposed redistricting plan.

The city has already spent more than $900,000 defending the case. City lawyers have until March 19 to file an appeal.

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