Legal bills for voting rights case exceed $880K

CHEYENNE, wyo – Lawyers representing American Indians who won a voting rights lawsuit against Fremont County, are seeking over $880,000 from the county or its insurers.

Members of the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes sued Fremont County in 2005 charging that at-large voting for county commissioners violated federal law by diluting the American Indian vote. U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson ruled for the tribes this spring.

The Wyoming Local Government Liability Pool insures Fremont County. The pool's board will consider how to respond to the lawyers' request that Johnson award them payment.

Fremont County recently filed notice that it intends to appeal Johnson's order that it abandon at-large voting for county commissioners.