Updated: 10/25/2013 7:46 AM
Created: 10/24/2013 9:25 PM KSTP.com
By: Jay Kolls
Sources tell 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the Minneapolis Park Board has been told it will have to pay $200,000 to the attorneys of a man who won a free speech lawsuit.
Brian Johnson wanted to pass out Bibles at the annual Gay Pride Festival at Loring Park. The Minneapolis Park Board has a rule that only permitted Johnson to hand out the Bibles in a booth outside the festival. Johnson sued and won on appeal in Federal Court last month.
Sources say Park Board members were informed in a closed meeting this week that taxpayers will have to pay Johnson's attorneys fees, which could be as much as $200,000.
Johnson did not receive any monetary damages because this was an issue over freedom of expression.
Those same Park Board sources tell 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the Park Board's own defense team could have a bill that reaches $100,000.
That would mean the total amount taxpayers are on the hook for could exceed $300,000 for this case.