by Steve Lash
Maryland must pay attorneys’ fees stemming from a challenge to restrictions on voter registration activities at Baltimore transit stations, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has held. “When the state violates its citizens’ rights, it is obligated to pay the plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees,” said Andrew D. Freeman, who assisted the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland in the case. The lawsuit was filed in January 2007 after MTA police ordered workers from Project Vote and the now-defunct ACORN to stop voter registration efforts at the Mondawmin Mall subway station and the Penn North bus stop in Baltimore.