A judge Thursday said he'd rule, possibly as early as Friday, on how much a Vancouver teenager should pay in restitution for sparking last year's massive fire in the Columbia River Gorge.
The court received 11 requests for a total of $36, 631,687.10 -- an amount the 15-year-old defendant's lawyer called "absurd'' and "absolutely silly.''
The teen admitted in February to throwing fireworks in Eagle Creek Canyon on Sept. 2. One ignited dry bush and triggered a fire that burned 49,000 acres.
His lawyer Jack Morris challenged the constitutionality of juvenile restitution on state, federal and policy grounds. He urged the judge to impose a "reasonable and rational'' amount.