What is a government agency doing fighting against the First Amendment anyway? It is just another indication of just how imperiled the freedom of speech is in America today, this judgment notwithstanding. “Fighting Anti-Muslim Ads Cost Metro $35K in Attorney Fees,” by Will Sommer in the Washington City Paper, November 28 (thanks to Pamela Geller):
Thanks to Metro, “Anti-jihad” blogger Pamela Geller””or her attorney””is now a little bit richer. The transit agency’s ill-fated attempt to delay running ads from Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative group that equated Muslims with savages will cost the agency $35,000 in attorney’s fees for AFDI, according to a new email obtained by the Legal Times.
In the email (below), dated Oct. 17, an unnamed associate general counsel for Metro writes to an unnamed recipient, presumably someone with AFDI, that the agency would pay $35,000 in fees and costs. Earlier that month, a federal judge had ruled that Metro had to run the ads, despite Metro’s concerns that it would inflame tensions in the Middle East….