Murphy v. Smith (Argument December 6, 2017)

Graphic Argument Explainer: Murphy v. Smith (Supreme Court, December 6, 2017)

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Does the law require Murphy to contribute 25% of his monetary award to pay his attorney's fees?

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Murphy was a prisoner at the Vandalia Correctional Center in Illinois. One day, following a verbal dispute, the guards beat him badly and left him in a cell without medical attention.

He sued. The court awarded Murphy just over $300,000 and separately awarded Murphy's attorney just over $100,000 in fees.

This case is about how much of Murphy's attorney's fees Murphy must pay (from his $300K award) before the prison guards chip in the rest. 

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