Friday, March 26, 2010

Traffic Court Bill Signed Into Law

Readers of this blog will note that our law firm filed a lawsuit against Marion County Judge William Young's practice of finding motorists an additional $300 or $400 should they choose to exercise their right to a trial and lose. Our lawsuit deals with several issues in the Marion County Traffic Court, but the chief one is Judge Young's practice of fining someone for exercising a constitutional right, a practice which we think is illegal.

In the meantime, our legislature had moved into action to put a stop to this practice. State Sen. R. Michael Young (R-Indianapolis) introduced a bill to put a stop to these fines and putting into place a structured fine system whereby motorists could not be penalized an additional sum unless they have an history of challenging traffic tickets unsuccessfully. With overwhelming support form Republicans and Democrats, Conservatives and Liberals, the bill overwhelmingly passed the Indiana General Assembly. I am happy to say that on Wednesday afternoon the Governor signed the bill into law. It takes effect July 1, 2010.

2 comments:

HOOSIERS FOR FAIR TAX said...

Wow, Paul! Thanks! And Congrats on getting such a great result that benefits all of us.

Marycatherine Barton said...

Yes, hurrah. This truly is a Kumbaya moment.