“The ACLU is going to win solely because of the fiscal condition of Cranston,” said school board chairman Andrea Ianuzzi, according to Reuters.
Student Jessica Ahlquist, backed by the ACLU, sued to get rid of a prayer posted on the auditorium wall of her high school in Cranston, Rhode Island.
In January, U.S. District Court Judge Roland Lagueux told school officials to remove the prayer.
In February, the Cranston School Committee decided not to appeal.
Ahlquist’s attorneys have asked Cranston for $173,000 in legal fees, reported the Associated Press.
Cranston’s lawyer, Joseph Cavanaugh Jr., said a defense all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court would cost an additional $500,000 in legal fees.
Since the loser pays the fees, Cavanaugh’s prediction implicitly acknowledged that Cranston would lose on appeal.
The case was Ahlquist v. Cranston.