The Alaska Supreme Court yesterday heard arguments over whether a group of environmental protesters and citizens should pay legal fees related to a Pebble Project lawsuit. The case includes former first lady Bella Hammond and state constitutional delegate Vic Fischer.
Hammond and Fischer were part of a group which sued the State in 2009, saying the State had no right to “dispose” of lands without public notice, thereby violating the state constitution.
Pebble joined the suit on the State’s side and they were eventually cleared. Now, the Court is considering whether the citizens should pay the legal costs relating to the suit, and reveal the source of their funding.
Justices didn’t immediately rule on the case yesterday.