Appeals court smashes government habit of dodging financial liabilities

August 31, 2023
World Net Daily

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

It's a tactic that's actually been seen over and over: A government agency gets sued for one of its practices, and just before a court ruling comes, it backs down or has the practice changed somehow.

The case then goes away, with or without a court decision favorable to the plaintiffs. But the governmental entity insists it does not owe attorneys' fees to the plaintiffs, a standard practice in such cases, because it reversed course before the decision.

But now an appeals court is holding a governmental body accountable anyway, and has ordered those fees to be paid.

Officials with the Rutherford Institute say the 7-4 decision came in Stinnie V. Holcomb. There, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and said the Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles cannot escape paying those costs.

"If the government is allowed to avoid the financial liabilities associated with violating the Constitution, it will violate the Constitution for as long as it can get away with it,” said constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute and author of "Battlefield America: The War on the American People."

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