ago, reports Brian Stewart for the Student Press Law Center.
Smith who penned an article in 2001 that was censored by administrators
a trial court ruled the Novato Unified School District will pay
$336,350 in attorney fees. The California Court of Appeal in San Francisco,
Calif., affirmed that decision May 28.
district will be required to pay on that total, which a trial court will decide
within a few months, said Stephan Birgel, who represented the school
felt the requested $1.5 million was "very unrealistic." Birgel said
the figure was high because the plaintiffs had included "a lot of
excess," including charging to rent cars, learning new trial technology,
and claiming six hours of attorney fees for a one-page form.
"Immigration" in the school's newspaper, the Buzz.
Smith criticized immigration laws, causing some students to protest.
Then-Principal Lisa Schwartz quickly implemented prior review and postponed a
second column by Smith titled "Reverse Racism."