Courts & Crime

Judge denies attorneys fees in challenge to Texas voter ID law

A federal judge on Monday rejected a request for attorneys fees by challengers to a Texas voter ID law.

It was an interesting request, because the challengers momentarily prevailed before a three-judge panel. They also won some tangible benefit, in the resulting delay in the imposition of the photo ID requirements imposed by the state’s SB 14. The three-judge panel’s decision, in time, was vacated by the Supreme Court.

In a somewhat similar case, a judge did award attorneys fees to parties who challenged Texas over redistricting. In that case, too, the challengers temporarily won before a three-judge panel before the Supreme Court vacated the decision as moot.

Noting that “the voter identification law is now in effect” and that “Texas maintained its position throughout this litigation,” U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer said the cases were distinguishable. Still, Collyer sounded unimpressed by the legal response by Texas, which she termed “threadbare.”

The challengers sought $353,150.97 in attorneys fees and costs.