The Worcester Telegram & Gazette has detailed the fees now faced by Worcester and Lowell, after they tried to restrict the free speech rights of poor people. The ACLU of Massachusetts successfully challenged the restrictions in both Worcester and Lowell:
Lawyers for Goodwin Procter and the ACLU said they had hoped early discussion with the cities would result in their voluntary withdrawal of the ordinances, which ultimately were found unconstitutional. In addition, they said, decisions by the cities drove up the cost of the litigation.
Our legal director, Matthew Segal, today explained further: