School Must Pay Legal Fees over Jesus Portrait

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The Ohio school district forced to take down a portrait of Jesus will also have to pay thousands in legal fees.

The Jackson City School District agreed to a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union and the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Now they're required to pay $95,000 in legal fees and damages.

Superintendent Phil Howard said the district's attorneys believed settling was the "best case scenario" because legal fees were "mounting by the day."

James Hardiman, legal director for ACLU of Ohio, called the case "unnecessary."

"All of this was unnecessary," he said. "The law is pretty clear ... the display of this particular kind of religious artifact [in a public school] is unconstitutional." 

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