Friday, December 28, 2007

No Sympathy

Laura and Scott Bell didn’t like their children’s school district’s dress-code policy. So they sued the school in Indiana state court, claiming violations of their guarantee of a free education and their children’s rights to free expression. To save money, they represented themselves. The school district had the case removed to federal court in Indianapolis, where the judge granted the school’s motion to dismiss the case and ruled that the Bells had to pay the school’s attorney fees — $40,931.50.

“What in the hell are we supposed to do?” Laura Bell asked, according to a report in the Indianapolis Star. “It’s flat ridiculous.” Later, she answers her own question: “I’m not paying it, obviously.”

Read the rest from The Wall Street Journal Law Blog.

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