No judge would allow the attorney to get that much of it as his cut. Most likely the case was taken on contingency, and this consists of a reimbursement for his out-of-pocket expenses (which could well have been huge) plus a normal attorney's fee, which would be 25-35%.cvc944, without the First Amendment, we wouldnt know anything about any infringement of the Second.
Good article and very clear that the responding officer was wrong. I think the settlement was a bit light and the fact that the plaintiff only got 2500 of the 23,500 because his lawyers got the rest is sickening. Tort reform wont help this, but removing the BS extraneous laws that make things so complicated that you need a lawyer for anything and everything would help. Clear cut issue like this, no lawyer necessary.