Payday has come for the attorneys who represented Dave Davis in his so far successful lawsuit over the Guam plebiscite law.
In the past two weeks, nearly $1.2 million of Guam taxpayer funds have been paid out to the various lawyers who have represented Davis in his lawsuit.
Davis filed the lawsuit in 2011 after he was denied the right to register for the non-binding plebiscite because he is not a native inhabitant of Guam.
Guam District Court Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood eventually ruled that the plebiscite law is unconstitutional because it is race-based and in violation of the 15th Amendment.
The 9th Circuit upheld her decision in July and both the Guam District Court and the 9th Circuit agreed to award attorney fees to the various law firms who represented Davis.
Checks were mailed out on Nov. 26 to three different law firms.
About $462,000 went to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. The Law Offices of Park and Associates got another $23,000.
Both are Los Angeles law firms.
Christian Adams of The Election Law Center said he received a check for about $423,000 last week.
And the Guam Department of Administration reports that The Center for Individual Rights, based in Washington D.C., received an electronic payment of $282,000 today.
The grand total is $1.19 million.
And it’s not over yet.
Attorney Mike Phillips is working on an appeal of the 9th Circuit decision. He has until Dec. 26 to file his appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court.
The cost of this appeal has not yet been calculated.