Roundup: July 2, 2014

Each Wednesday, we’ll publish quick summaries of the articles from the last week on We’re doing this because these articles are often strongly connected to the issues that National Motorists Association members are interested in.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014
North Carolina Sheriff To Stand Trial For Harassing Hispanic Motorists
Trial preparations are underway for the Alamance County, North Carolina sheriff who allegedly ordered his deputies to stop and arrest motorists who appeared to be Hispanic. The US Justice Department brought the charges against Terry S. Johnson after interviewing more than 125 victims and personnel over the course of several years. The investigation found that drivers who were Hispanic were being pulled over at an alarming rate for minor traffic infractions.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014
For Redflex, A Summer Of Lawsuits
The legal bills for Redflex Traffic Systems continue to mount. Between July 1, 2013 and the end of December, the Australian red-light camera operator reported spending $1.1 million to defend itself against an ongoing bribery investigation in Chicago, Illinois. One of the central figures in the investigation, former Redflex Executive Vice President Aaron M. Rosenberg, is separately suing Redflex for defamation over its handling of the public relations fallout from the scandal.

Monday, June 30, 2014
ATS Sues Xerox Over Document Production
The red-light camera program in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has spawned multiple lawsuits in state and federal courts. The former vendor is suing the city, the city is suing the former vendor and the former vendor is suing the new vendor. In the latest suit, ousted red-light camera provider American Traffic Solutions (ATS) is demanding that the new provider, Xerox, hand over documents related to its communications with the city. The copier giant says it will only hand over the records if ATS pays $60,750 up front to cover the cost of retrieving the data. On June 20, ATS petitioned the US District Court for the District of Maryland to intervene.

Sunday, June 29, 2014
France: Speed Camera Painted
Vigilantes in Ardeche, France disabled a speed camera last weekend by covering its lenses with green paint, Le Dauphine reported. The automated ticketing machine was located on the RD82 at the entrance to Saint-Etienne-de-Valoux.

Friday, June 27, 2014
Judge Agrees Virginia Camera Tickets Are Invalid
Nearly any red-light camera ticket issued in Virginia can be automatically dismissed in court because cities are not following the law. Last month, Newport News District Court Presiding Judge Gary A. Mills saw he had no choice but to dismiss the case against Edward D. David, the managing partner of the David, Kamp and Frank law firm because the city failed to provide a court date in a timely manner, as required.

Thursday, June 26, 2014
Redflex Bribery Battle Spills Into Federal Court
A federal judge last week sided with the former executive vice president of red-light camera manufacturer Redflex Traffic Systems who is suing his former employer for wrongful termination. District Judge George H. Wu issued a tentative ruling last Thursday in favor of Aaron M. Rosenberg.

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