“‘Bong Hits 4 Jesus’ student nets $45,000″

by Walter Olson on November 6, 2008

“The Juneau-Douglas (Alaska) School District and former student Joseph Frederick have reached a settlement in the ‘Bong Hits 4 Jesus’ case …. The school district will pay Frederick $45,000, [and] it is ‘required to hire a neutral constitutional law expert to chair a forum on student speech’ at its high school at a cost of up to $5,000.” (DRJ @ Patterico, Nov. 6; earlier).

P.S. And, yes, to clarify in response to commenter Melvin, the student lost his high-profile case last year before the U.S. Supreme Court. Imagine what the school would have had to pay if he’d won.

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1 Melvin H. 11.07.08 at 2:47 am

Did I miss something, or didn’t the Supreme Court rule in favor of the school district?
If so, why is the district having to pay the student instead of the student, his parents, and or the lawyer for the student paying the legal costs?
And . . . “requiring . . . a law expert to chair a forum” costs around $5000?
Another reason (50,000 more reasons?) to distrust lawyers…?

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