18 Alerts From the CIVIL Tag


A Policing-for-Profit Cautionary Tale–New Miami, Ohio: oos E-Newsletter #561

An hour away from Cincinnati, the known speed trap village of New Miami sits just north of Hamilton, the Butler County seat. Over six years ago, drivers in a class action sued this sleepy village of nearly 2,400 residents over its questionable speed camera practices. Even though the village’s program was found unconstitutional in 2014, […]

Again, The Lines are Drawn in Ohio: oos Weekly E-Newsletter #536

In early April, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine approved an $8 billion, two-year transportation budget that included a 10.5 cents-per-gallon gas tax hike and a 19 cent hike on diesel fuel. Raising taxes is always controversial but what has the state’s mayors in a tizzy is something entirely different. When the governor signed off on the […]

Pushing Coercion of Motorists to the Edge of Legality: oos E-Newsletter #505

Two states, Arizona and Virginia, require some measure of due process when issuing photo tickets: To be considered a valid citation, the summons must either be handed directly to the accused by a process server or the target must otherwise acknowledge receipt. Without that proof of being served it can’t be verified to the court […]

How I Fought a $50 NYC Red-Light Camera Ticket from 1400 Miles Away (and made them earn it): oos E-Newsletter #453

By T.A. Beckett, oos Arkansas Member Editor’s Note: Mr. Beckett is not an attorney but his mother was a trial lawyer in the New York City area who also taught legal writing and courtroom practice at Hofstra University. He notes that from age 16 until the time he graduated college, he spent time watching her […]

Criminal Traffic Court is the Best Option: oos E-Newsletter #450

Whose side are we on anyway? The oos objects when cities lower the traffic court bar, downgrading routine moving violations from criminal to civil offenses while also issuing lesser fines and eliminating points against defendant driving records. Again, why would we do that? To answer those questions, look no further than the example of jurisprudence […]

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