Federal appeals court says Texas owes $3 million in legal fees following voter ID case
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A U.S. appeals court said on Tuesday the state of Texas must pay about $3 million in legal fees to plaintiffs after being on the wrong side of a civil rights lawsuit over voting.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit said a lower court made a mistake when it allowed Texas to avoid paying the fees and reversed its decision.

The trial stemmed from a battle over stringent voter ID measures signed into law in 2011 by former Governor Rick Perry, a Republican. The measure, which supporters said would prevent voter fraud, required voters to present a photo identification such as a driver's license, passport or military ID card.

In October, a federal judge struck down the Texas law, saying it placed an unconstitutional burden on voters and discriminated against minorities.

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Additional rpeorting by Lisa Bose McDermott in Texarkana, Texas; Editing by Sandra Maler)