Judge orders Ann Arbor congregants to pay legal fees for the 18-year protesters outside their synagogue


February 25, 2022

Alex Sherman/Jewish Telegraphic Agency

A protester stands outside Beth Israel Congregation in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2020. On Jan. 18, 2022, the Ann Arbor City Council formally condemned the weekly protests, which had been going on for 18 years.

ANN ARBOR, Michigan (JTA) – In the latest twist in the long-running legal saga over a small group of protesters who have gathered weekly outside a Michigan synagogue for the past 18 years, a judge has ruled that Jewish worshippers who lost a lawsuit against the protesters must pay them more than $150,000 in legal fees.

U.S. District Court Judge Victoria Roberts ruled on Jan. 25 that the two plaintiffs - including one who is a Holocaust survivor - and their lead attorney who had sued the group of five protesters in 2019 had filed a frivolous lawsuit against "peaceful protesters." Therefore...

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