O'Malley fumes over ACLU fees

March 28, 2002
Mayor Martin O'Malley criticized the American Civil Liberties Union yesterday, angered that the city and its housing authority must pay $1.1 million in fees related to the group's public housing discrimination lawsuit.
     The verbal barrage occurred moments before the Board of Estimates approved payment of the legal fees, which a federal judge last month ordered the city to pay.
     O'Malley railed against "elitist, liberal, arrogant lawyers," wondering aloud "how they sleep at night." He said "it makes me really sick" that the money would "enrich" lawyers rather than being spent on public housing residents.