Judge: Kansas must pay groups who challenged 'Ag-Gag' law


KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- (AP) A federal judge awarded on Wednesday nearly $176,300 in attorney fees and expenses to animal rights advocates who successfully challenged provisions in a Kansas law that banned the secret filming at slaughterhouses and other livestock facilities.

U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratil issued the award after finding earlier this year that the state's "Ag-Gag" law unconstitutionally criminalized free speech. Vratil issued a permanent injunction against it in April.

The law, which was enacted in 1990, had made it a crime or anyone to take a picture or video at animal faci...

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