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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- More than eleven years after filing a federal lawsuit on behalf of Salt Lake County jail inmates, a Utah civil rights attorney will collect nearly 30-thousand dollars in fees and court costs.
Attorney Brian Barnard's case was filed in January 1994 as a challenge to the jail's blanket ban on newspapers and magazines. It was later consolidated with other cases challenging reading-material policies at other corrections facilities.
The case was argued before the late U.S. Magistrate Ronald Boyce.
Boyce had it under advisement at the time of his death in October 2002. Since then, it had been buried in a bureaucratic tangle. Finally -- last month -- U.S. District Judge Paul Cassell directed the county to pony up the cash.
Barnard is now appealing a similar case against the Cache County Jail where inmates cannot subscribe to magazines or newspapers on their own.
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