ABH: Taxpayers to foot bill after Barrow loses commandments suit

WINDER — Barrow County commissioners voted 4-2 Tuesday night to spend taxpayer dollars to cover the legal fees an anonymous resident incurred when he sued the government over a Ten Commandments display at the courthouse in Winder.

Commissioners had little choice but to pay the $150,000 a federal judge assessed the county after officials agreed to give up the fight over the Ten Commandments display and a federal judge ordered the county to pay the challenger’s legal expenses.

Still, the commission voted 4-2 to pay the legal fees, with District 1 Commissioner Jerry Lampp and District 4’s Isaiah Berry voting against the settlement.

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