In settling the suit the jail denied any wrongdoing or liability. In June, 1997, the jail changed its policies to allow prisoners to receive books, newspaper clippings and sexually explicit materials.
One hundred named plaintiffs would split a damage award of $11,682. Each plaintiff would receive $1 for each day they spent in the jail while the censorship policy was in effect. If any of the plaintiffs cannot be located within one year of the settlement in order to be paid, their share of the settlement reverts back to the county.
Brian Barnard of the Utah Legal Clinic represented the plaintiffs in this case and he received $57,000 in attorney fees and costs. The damages and fees were paid by the county's insurance company. Mr. Barnard also represents PLN in litigation challenging the Utah DOC's ban on bulk mail publications. Readers should note this is an unpublished settlement and not a ruling on the merits. See: Ayala v. Davis County, Utah, USDC D.UT, Case No. 1:96-CV-00030C.
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Ayala v. Davis Co. Utah
|USDC D UT, 1-96-CV-00030C