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Murphy v. Smith (Argument December 6, 2017)


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Does the law require Murphy to contribute 25% of his monetary award to pay his attorney’s fees?

Murphy was a prisoner at the Vandalia Correctional Center in Illinois. One day, following a verbal dispute, the guards beat him badly and left him in a cell without medical attention.

He sued. The court awarded Murphy just over $300,000 and separately awarded Murphy’s attorney just over $100,000 in fees.

This case is about how much of Murphy’s attorney’s fees Murphy must pay (from his $300K award) before the prison guards chip in the rest.

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Mariam Morshedi

Mariam Morshedi

Mariam Morshedi is the Founder and Executive Director of Subscript Law. Before starting Subscript Law, she practiced civil rights law for AARP Foundation, where she litigated housing, consumer and disability rights issues.

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