Davis awarded $214K in attorney fees

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The taxpayers of Guam will have to pay $213,903.23 in attorneys’ fees to the lawyers who represented Dave Davis in GovGuam’s appeal of Guam District Court Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood’s decision overturning the Guam plebiscite law.

GovGuam lost the appeal last July when the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Judge Gatewood’s decision which concluded that the Guam plebiscite law is unconstitutional because it is race-based and in violation of the 15th amendment.

On Monday this week, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit agreed to Davis’ request for attorney fees. The motion was granted “unopposed.”

Davis’ lawyers were also granted an additional $11,130.82 in non-taxable expenses, states the order.

On Monday, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero announced her decision to continue appealing Judge Gatewood’s decision by taking the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The cost of this further appeal is not yet known.

The governor announced her decision in a special address Monday night, one week before the October 28th deadline to file an appeal in the case.

She asked attorney Michael Phillips to take the case to the high court.  Phillips has said he needs an extra 60 days to prepare an appeal.

However, the deadline to file for an extension has already passed.

Phillips says he now has to convince the high court that “extraordinary circumstances” exist in order to justify the late filing of an extension request.

He said he would file his request for an extension Monday, which is the appeal filing deadline.