The Chicago Sun-Times reports that a court ruling may allow you to dodge the tickets your received because a camera caught you speeding or running a red light.
Chicago violated the “fundamental principles of justice, equity and good conscience” by denying due process to motorists issued red-light camera and speed-camera tickets, a judge has ruled, declaring those tickets “void.”
In a harshly worded ruling handed down late Friday, Circuit Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy kept alive a lawsuit seeking hundreds of millions dollars in refunds for motorists ticketed since 2003 after City Hall “skipped a step” mandated by the city’s own municipal code.
The law is the law, and a judge's job is to interpret the law. Call the ruling that failure to give motorists a second
notice violates their civil right a "technicality." After all the suers did not deny that they had broken the law.
If the judge in a later decision decides to junk the entire camera because it violates the law, the city can keep it going by changing the law or changing its ticketing procedure to provide the necessary second notice.
Too bad the city has made such a botch out of these cameras--setting them unfairly to become a revenue source--because I still believe that they aren't a bad idea, if they are properly administered and the contract awarded in a legit way. But this being Chicago, never count on the city (i.e. the Democrats who run it) won't screw it up.
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