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Cabbies sue town of Speedway for race-day license seizures

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More than 80 taxi cab drivers have sued the town of Speedway for allegedly seizing their licenses when they attempted to pick up fares after the Indianapolis 500 on May 26.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and attorneys from Cohen & Malad LLP in Indianapolis claim the town violated taxi drviers’ Fourth and 14th Amendment rights when police officers seized taxi licenses from drivers who had arranged to pick up race fans on Main Street.

The suit alleges that when drivers went to the Speedway Police Department to claim their licenses, they also were given $50 parking tickets.

“The Constitution prohibits the government from seizing our property without cause and without any sort of process. Both of these principles appeared to have been violated in this case,” ACLU of Indiana legal director Ken Falk said in a statement.

The case filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana in Indianapolis is Diedra Warren, et al. v. Town of Speedway, 1:13-CV-1049. The case is filed in the court of Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson.

 

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  1. Such things are no more elections than those in the late, unlamented Soviet Union.

  2. It appears the police and prosecutors are allowed to change the rules halfway through the game to suit themselves. I am surprised that the congress has not yet eliminated the right to a trial in cases involving any type of forensic evidence. That would suit their foolish law and order police state views. I say we eliminate the statute of limitations for crimes committed by members of congress and other government employees. Of course they would never do that. They are all corrupt cowards!!!

  3. Poor Judge Brown probably thought that by slavishly serving the godz of the age her violations of 18th century concepts like due process and the rule of law would be overlooked. Mayhaps she was merely a Judge ahead of her time?

  4. in a lawyer discipline case Judge Brown, now removed, was presiding over a hearing about a lawyer accused of the supposedly heinous ethical violation of saying the words "Illegal immigrant." (IN re Barker) http://www.in.gov/judiciary/files/order-discipline-2013-55S00-1008-DI-429.pdf .... I wonder if when we compare the egregious violations of due process by Judge Brown, to her chiding of another lawyer for politically incorrectness, if there are any conclusions to be drawn about what kind of person, what kind of judge, what kind of apparatchik, is busy implementing the agenda of political correctness and making off-limits legit advocacy about an adverse party in a suit whose illegal alien status is relevant? I am just asking the question, the reader can make own conclsuion. Oh wait-- did I use the wrong adjective-- let me rephrase that, um undocumented alien?

  5. of course the bigger questions of whether or not the people want to pay for ANY bussing is off limits, due to the Supreme Court protecting the people from DEMOCRACY. Several decades hence from desegregation and bussing plans and we STILL need to be taking all this taxpayer money to combat mostly-imagined "discrimination" in the most obviously failed social program of the postwar period.

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