Court Says Police In Ohio Can Just Guess How Fast You Were Going And Give You A Ticket

from the evidence,-please? dept

Forget faulty speed cameras. Don't worry about police just guessing when they can't quite make out your license plate on a red light photo. Fear not the police who misread driving through a green light as running the red. Over in Ohio, apparently a court has said that police don't need any real evidence at all to charge you with speeding. They just need to make a "visual estimate" in their own judgment as to whether or not you were speeding:
In a 5-to-1 ruling, the court said an officer's "unaided visual estimation of a vehicle's speed" is strong enough to support a ticket and conviction. A radar speed detector, commonly used by patrolmen, is not needed, the court concluded.

"Independent verification of the vehicle's speed is not necessary to support a conviction for speeding," assuming the officer has been trained and certified by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy or similar organization, Justice Maureen O'Connor wrote for the court's majority.
That won't be abused at all...

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  1. identicon
    Willton, 9 Jun 2010 @ 12:23pm

    Re: Re: Re: Thank God...

    If they haven't passed the Bar, why are they representing the government in court? Perhaps I'm mistaken, but I thought that was a legal no no....

    Not if the students are supervised by a licensed attorney. I don't know the law of Illinois, but in New Jersey a law student may assist a practicing attorney in a case, including going so far as arguing the case in court, so long as the practicing attorney supervises and takes responsibility for the actions of the law student. This is one way many legal clinics are able to help and represent the indigent with regard to their legal problems. It's also a great way for law students to get practical experience before they graduate.

    And if your revenue generating traffic court system is so inundated with cases that there aren't enough lawyers to go around, then perhaps it's time you scaled the number of violations back a bit....

    I see. You'd rather the government allow people to violate the law with impugnity in order to save a couple dollars rather than utilize a free resource (unpaid interns in the form of law students itching to get experience) to help perform all of its legal duties. Good to know.

    Something tells me that your criticism is more of a personal issue than it is a challenge to the merits of the practice. Perhaps you would not find it so objectionable if you didn't encounter it while violating the law.

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