William Sharp, Legal Director of the ACLU of Kentucky said the amount is intended to send a message that violating a person’s human rights does, as it should, come at a very high price. In a statement released to the press, Sharp said, “Courts recognize that when successful civil rights plaintiffs obtain a direct benefit from a court-ordered victory, such as in this case, they can be entitled to their legal expenses to deter future civil rights violations by government officials. By filing today’s motion, we hope to achieve that very objective — to send a message to government officials that willful violations of individuals’ rights will be costly.” It is estimated lawyers spent over 600 billable hours on the case last year, with attorneys’ fees ranging between $250-$700 per hour. However, a spokesperson for the ACLU made it clear the motion is not asking for Davis to be held personally responsible for paying the amount requested in the motion.
She ought to be held personally liable.