North Idaho

Bonner County ordered to pay attorney fees

SANDPOINT, Idaho - The Idaho Court of Appeals has ordered Bonner County to pay attorney fees for a resident who fought the seizure of $9,050 in cash.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that the court ruled the county didn't file its motion within a 30-day deadline.

Sandpoint police in 2011 obtained a warrant to search the home of Michael Trelby Cunningham Jr.

Police confiscated a small amount of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a lock box containing $9,050 in cash.

The county moved to seize the cash, contending it was ill-gotten gains from drug sales.

But Cunningham's attorney argued the motion to seize the cash came four days after the 30-day deadline.

The appeals court recently agreed with Cunningham and also ordered the county pay Cunningham's attorney fees during the appeal phase.