Chicago pays the NRA $1.4 million in settlement

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Poetic Justice

Arlington Heights, IL

#1 Feb 6, 2013
Story from The American Rifleman Magazine, February 2013:

The City of Chicago and the suburb of Oak Park have been forced to pay the $1.4 million in legal fees the National Rifle Association incured regarding the McDonald v. City of Chicago case ruled on by The United States Supreme Court.

Chicago paid in two checks to the NRA:
-Check #41662994 drawn on JPMorgan Chase Bank on October 4, 2012
-Check #41664175 drawn on JPMorgan Chase Bank on October 10, 2012

Oak Park paid the NRA:
-Check #078899 drawn on US Bank on October 11,2012 $663,294.10

The fees were recovered by the NRA under a federal law that requires governments to pay the legal fees of "prevailing parties" in litigation to enforce federal civil rights laws. Chicago and Oak Park repealed their handgun bans after the McDonald decision, then tried to claim that the plaintiffs challenging the laws weren't "prevailing parties." Ironically, when a federal appeals court rejected that arguement, it just drove up the government's tab due to the expense of the additional litigation.

And for a final touch of poetic justice, Chicago's check was signed by none other than Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Too bad Emanuel couldn't have better spent that money fighting Chicago's gang, drug and murder problem.

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