Testimony continues on second day of Confederate monuments trial

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A trial in a lawsuit over a city decision to remove two Confederate monuments from downtown area parks entered its second day with testimony on attorneys fees being sought by the plaintiffs.

The plaintiffs have asked for more than $600,000 in attorneys fees, with one, Jock Yellott, testifying about the hours billed by the attorneys and their hourly rates.

Yellott is the executive director of the Monument Fund, which has been paying for the plaintiffs' attorneys, and he said the lead attorneys have put in more than 350 hours each at around $300 an hour.

On cross-examination, attorneys for the city worked to show the court that some of the billing hours may not be eligible for an award under state law.

The plaintiffs also presented expert testimony from Norfolk attorney Charles Lollar who said the attorneys' fees requested by the plaintiffs are reasonable.

Lollar also said that attorneys fees can be considered part of damages awarded in this type of case.

The judge has asked the city to provide the number of hours its attorneys have put in, and he said that would help determine if the hours reported by the plaintiffs are reasonable.

On Wednesday, Judge Richard Moore ruled that the monuments do not violate the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

The trial is expected to wrap up on Friday.



 
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