With plaintiff and new board member Bryan Rehm abstaining, the Dover Area School District voted unanimously last night to approve a settlement agreement in the intelligent design case. The district will pay $1 million dollars in fees to cover plaintiffs’ attorneys’ costs, more than half of the $2.067 million to which the plaintiffs are entitled based on the court order.
“Attorneys representing [the plaintiffs] settled the judgment for half that amount to recognize the community for voting out most of the board members who had approved the policy.
“This sends a message to other school districts contemplating intelligent
design that the price tag can be truly substantial, and it rewards the school
district and the community for cleaning their own house and voting out the old
board,” said Richard Katskee, assistant legal director for Americans United for
Separation of Church and State….
“Attorneys’ fees are an important part of civil rights litigation,” said
Witold Walczak, legal director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania. “[Plaintiff] Tammy
Kitzmiller couldn’t have afforded this case; the money has to come from
somewhere.” (Philadelphia Inquirer article)
And, thus ends this chapter…