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Title: Court Finds Speed Cameras ‘Unconstitutional’ — Forces City to Repay ALL Tickets
Source: Free Thought Project
URL Source: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/sp ... l-tickets/#62tPeFr2AHxbR8uf.99
Published: Feb 14, 2017
Author: Matt Agorist
Post Date: 2017-02-14 10:49:23 by Deckard
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Views: 189
Comments: 7

New Miami, OH — Take away the political corruption, bribery scandals, increased accidents, and police state issues with Red Light Cameras and we are still left with a system that is rooted in the removal of due process. After the corporatist red light camera industry spread through the nation like a cancer for more than a decade, people are finally beginning to realize their inherently despotic nature.

After they woke up to the fact that their due process had been entirely removed by Optotraffic — a private vendor allowed to extort citizens with the blessing of New Miami politicians — the people fought back in the form of a class action lawsuit.

As the Newspaper reports, a group of three lawyers had filed suit in 2013, arguing that New Miami’s automated ticketing ordinance gave vehicle owners no realistic opportunity to defend themselves against the demand for a payment of up to $180 that arrived in the mail. Optotraffic, a private vendor, sent the tickets to motorists passing through the less-than-one-square-mile town on US 127, a major highway that links Cincinnati with points north.

During that period of Optotraffic extortion, the city robbed drivers of $3,066,523.00. Now, after Butler County Court of Common Pleas Judge Michael A. Oster Jr.’s ruling, the city must pay back all of it.

“If the government has created an unconstitutional law/ordinance that has taken people’s money without affording them the necessary due process protections, should not justice demand, and the law require, restitution of that money to the people?” Oster asked at the opening of his ruling. “Once the complexities of the law are analyzed, the answer is simple: Yes.”

The city attempted to fight the ruling of the state’s second highest court for more than a year. However, the case was so cut and dry that the Ohio Supreme Court chose not to intervene. Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/speed-cameras-unconstitutional-tickets/#62tPeFr2AHxbR8uf.99

New Miami officials attempted to claim sovereign immunity to protect itself from monetary damages. However, the court failed to grant them immunity since they had violated the constitutional rights of its citizens.

“Ohio law is clear that the reimbursement of monies collected pursuant to an unconstitutional enactment or invalid rule is equitable relief, not monetary damages, and is consequently not barred by sovereign immunity,” Judge Oster concluded. “No later than thirty days after the filing of this order, plaintiff is to file with the court and affidavit evincing monies paid under the invalidated ordinance, along with an Excel spreadsheet, so that the court can set the proper amount of restitution/refund as determined under the laws of equity.”

This ruling set by the court is a precedent that should be used by towns across the United States to give people their money back who’ve been extorted by these due process-removing companies.

If you are one of those people who couldn’t care less about the removal of due process, perhaps the sheer corruption of these companies would be enough to deter your support.

After being found guilty of bribing politicians to implement her due process-removing products, Karen Finley, former CEO of the red light company Redflex, was sentenced last year to 14 months in prison. Her crimes spanned across multiple states and are so extensive that she is still facing future trials.

In April, the Free Thought Project conducted an exclusive interview with New York resident Stephen Ruth — aka Red Light Robin Hood.

Ruth has recently become targeted by local politicians in his community who are ‘addicted’ to the funds from these red light cameras.

Unwilling to sacrifice innocent lives for millions of dollars in gross revenue, this nonviolent vigilante admittedly sabotaged traffic cameras in order to call attention to drastically shortened yellow lights endangering lives in his community. He now faces arrest, threats, break-ins, and more.

While Ruth is not a politician, his sentiment toward unconstitutional red light cameras represents a growing resistance in this country — just as the case in New Miami illustrates. As with any tyrannical or fascist regime, these private red light camera companies rely on your compliance for their very existence.

As more people refuse to comply, these companies, who rely on corrupt and greedy politicians willing to sell out their citizens for a buck, will begin to fail. And, when they lose — freedom wins.

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#1. To: Deckard (#0)

This is the kind of judicial activism I can get behind!

Vicomte13  posted on  2017-02-14   11:04:11 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Vicomte13, Deckard (#1)

This seems like the dam is breaking on the lawless use of these automated ticket-generators.

While there have been a few court setbacks and a few largish cities, smelling the foul wind, who pulled out their red light cameras, this was a full slap in the face to the entire concept.

I don't think they will dare appeal to the Supreme Court for fear of their entire enterprise being destroyed in every state.

Unfortunately, liberty and constitutional rights are under assault everywhere. One or two small victories doesn't count so much when there is a raging fire of state and federal lawlessness around us all.

The next major shoe to drop will be when we finally have courts willing to take on the civil forfeiture racket. And we are already seeing considerable progress in various states around the country. All of those jurisdictions should be required to return the funds and assets seized without a conviction.

Tooconservative  posted on  2017-02-14   11:54:16 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Deckard (#0)

This ruling set by the court is a precedent that should be used by towns across the United States to give people their money back who’ve been extorted by these due process-removing companies.

You can challenge and beat these tickets in the courtroom provided that you have your facts and law straight. I did all by myself!

goldilucky  posted on  2017-02-15   18:38:34 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: goldilucky (#3)

I got 2 or three of those tickets. I called them and they said I had to pay them like 85 bucks in order to fight it in court. It was actually a policeman you were talking to. I just threw them in the trash and never showed up.

Now they are gone.

I'm talking about somewhere else in Ohio and not this specific city.

A K A Stone  posted on  2017-02-15   18:43:26 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Deckard (#0)

I tried telling you this, years ago in LP. A ticket isn't WINNABLE unless you can ID the driver at the time of the vehicle & traffic violation.

I'd take any ticket I got in the mail, via a camera, to court for a JURY TRIAL... unless I was truly guilty of the offense. You, on the other hand, would bitch and moan about getting caught by a camera, even if you were guilty.

Douche bag

I'm the infidel... Allah warned you about. كافر المسلح

GrandIsland  posted on  2017-02-15   20:43:17 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: A K A Stone (#4) (Edited)

I didn't pay a dime and mine was $103.00. I took it to court on the day I was to pay the fine and challenged it in front of the judge. I am happy to say that not only did I win but the police officer who cited me to ticket was not present either.

goldilucky  posted on  2017-02-15   22:14:26 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: goldilucky (#6)

They got rid of all the cameras around here. They are not allowed to use them unless a police officer is watching the camera at time of ticket.

They never enforced it unless you had 3 tickets.

A K A Stone  posted on  2017-02-16   3:51:40 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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