May 11, 2011 8:39 AM by Nichole Larkey & AP
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - The attorney who filed the original desegregation lawsuit against the St. Landry Parish School Board in 1965 is seeking nearly $10 million in legal fees for his work on
the case over the past 46 years.
The Advocate reports Opelousas attorney Marion Overton White has asked a federal judge to award him a fee of $700 an hour for 14,136.5 hours of work on the case.
U.S. District Judge Tucker Melancon has set a June 23 court date to consider the request.
Superintendent Michael Nassif said Tuesday that any fees awarded to White would be paid by the school board, and $10 million
represents about 10 percent of the school system's annual budget of