- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

HAZLETON, Pa. (AP) - A federal judge has ordered an eastern Pennsylvania city to pay nearly $1.4 million to civil rights lawyers who thwarted the city’s immigration law in U.S. Supreme Court.

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker reports (https://bit.ly/1JVlbX3 ) Judge James Munley on Tuesday awarded about half of the $2.8 million that lawyers sought for the case.

Hazleton’s law penalized companies that hired immigrants who lacked legal status to work in the country and landlords whose tenants lacked legal residency status.

The law was struck down and a federal appeals court upheld Munley’s ruling in 2010. A year later, the Supreme Court asked the appeals court to reconsider. But it stuck to its original decision and the Supreme Court declined further involvement.

Mayor Joseph Yannuzzi says the city still feels it is right.


Information from: Standard-Speaker, https://www.standardspeaker.com

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