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For example, after they bullied South Carolina’s The Citadel, which had been an all-male military academy since 1842, into ending its policy in 1996, the ACLU and a New York firm, Shearman & Sterling, with which the ACLU worked, sent South Carolina taxpayers a legal bill totaling more than $6 million.

The ACLU attorneys put in for $450 an hour. A court eventually awarded the plaintiff’s attorneys $4.5 million. After an out-of-court settlement, the law firm donated $1 million to the ACLU’s ongoing Women’s Rights Project.

Among the initial charges were $524 for a “going away party” for an ACLU staffer, and $90,000 from the New York firm just for preparing the bill. The legal beagles’ dunning of South Carolinians was so brazen that the local newspaper The Item characterized it as a “feeding frenzy sought by the circling vultures.”

When the ACLU is through protecting harassers of the store-bought puppy business in Michigan, maybe they can lend their support to an adopt-a-vulture campaign — not that there’s any shortage of those.

Robert Knight is a senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a columnist for The Washington Times.