Thursday, December 17, 2009

Judge Dierker won his red light camera case . . . that's too bad.

Congratulations to St. Louis City Circuit Judge Robert H. Dierker, Jr., who was found not guilty yesterday of running a red light.  He - or at least his car - had been caught by one of the nearly ubiquitous intersection cameras in December of last year.  (Link to story here.)

Dierker decided to fight the ticket.  First he challenged the constitutionality - and lost at the trial court level.  I had hoped that the judge would move on and be found guilty so that he could appeal the constitutionality of red light cameras - and, hopefully, begin the end of the Camera Age.  (Here's a link to my prior blog of encouragement.)

But, alas, it was not to be.  Dierker won.  The court documents were sealed.  And there won't be any appeal.  The system is again unchallenged.  

I suspect that municipalities and camera contractors everywhere are taking a short break from counting their money to do a little status quo victory dance.

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