California Court of Appeal Justice Judith McConnell had little sympathy for the state of California last week, affirming $307,000 in attorney fees for a woman who had been granted nearly $1.5 million in fees earlier in the same case.

McConnell, of San Diego’s 4th District Court of Appeal, made it clear in a ruling released Aug. 22 that state officials had no one but themselves to blame for the big financial hit.

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