"We found there were an astonishing number of fines being issued, many of which were illegal because of the limitation of $300 per citation," says Churchill, who has been a lawyer with the Public Interest Law Center since 1976.
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Confronted with accusations of unfair fines, the district agreed to pay back $235,000 to about a third of the families, but refuses to reimburse the others.
"So we have brought an equal protection complaint," says Churchill. "They can't choose between class members who have paid excessive and illegal fines. They have to do it for everyone."
Michael Churchill is a graduate of Harvard Law School. He has worked many landmark cases with the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia including the Philadelphia School desegregation case in 1984 and a racial discrimination case against the Philadelphia police department. He is currently working on helping children of Florida get the access to Medicaid.