The city of Boston yesterday formally agreed to pay $2.125 million to the lawyers for Hal Shurtleff, the former West Roxbury man who won the right to fly his "Christian" flag over City Hall Plaza for a couple of hours in August.
The city now has 30 days to pay Liberty Counsel of Orlando, FL and Ryan McLane of Feeding Hills.
Hal Shurtleff, who now lives in New Hampshire, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which ruled the city's vague rules for deciding what can fly on one of the plaza's three flagpoles violated Shurtleff's First Amendment rights.
The city had argued the pole was a vehicle for the city to exercise its own First Amendment rights, but the court said that by leaving the decision on what to fly on the pole to some City Hall functionary, the pole wasn't really "government speech" and so Shurtleff should not have been denied his right to get his flag on.
The City Council and Mayor Wu have since promulgated new regulations for the flagpole that require any non-government flag to first be approved by the City Council, which would satisfy the court's ruling.