The town of Hazleton, Pa., is paying dearly for following the legal advice of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. In addition to what the city paid Kobach to defend laws it enacted aimed at combating illegal immigration, Hazleton now has to pay $1.4 million in attorney fees and court costs for the plaintiffs who successfully challenged those laws in federal court, the Lawrence Journal-World reported. The city had argued that it couldn’t afford to pay the plaintiffs’ legal fees because it is on the verge of bankruptcy. But the judge ruled that “municipalities, regardless of their financial health, have no discretion to enact improper laws.” – Phillip Brownlee
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