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Lawyer asks for $10M in St. Landry desegregation case

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OPELOUSAS — The attorney who filed the original desegregation lawsuit against the St. Landry Parish School Board in 1965 is seeking nearly $10 million in legal fees for his work on the case over the past 46 years.

Marion Overton White has asked a federal judge to award him a fee of $700 an hour for 14,136.5 hours of work on the case.

U.S. District Judge Tucker Melancon has set a June 23 court date to consider the request.

Superintendent Michael Nassif said Tuesday that any fees awarded to White would be paid by the school board, and $10 million represents about 10 percent of the school system’s annual budget of about $100 million.

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Written by demon53

May 11, 2011 at 1:27 pm

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