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FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge is blocking the state of Michigan from suspending driver’s licenses of people who say they can’t afford to pay traffic fines.

U.S. District Judge Linda Parker on Thursday issued a preliminary injunction, writing that there’s “a strong likelihood” that those who sued will show that the law violates the right to due process.

Secretary of state spokesman Fred Woodhams says in an email the office is reviewing the judge’s opinion and believes Michigan’s traffic safety laws “are equally applied to all drivers.”

The lawsuit filed by Equal Justice Under Law, a civil rights group, accuses the secretary of state of running a “wealth-based” scheme in which people too poor to pay fines are having licenses suspended. Arguments are expected later on whether to permanently block the practice.

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9 comments

  • P

    If these idiots didn’t get tickets there wouldn’t be a problem. And by the way isn’t the judges order discriminatory.
    This what happens when you let women play judge. Better send them to law school.

  • Bud

    Really? Lowest unemployment rate in decades and people say they can’t afford to pay their traffic fines? Sounds like some people feel they are entitled to anything they want. Did the judge assign an IRS auditor to verify they couldn’t afford to pay the fines? Seems to me if they can afford the gas and insurance – they should be able to pay the fines.

  • Clucko

    A former Director of Civil Rights of Michigan, this judge from the east side of the state and appointed by Obama, is a classic example of why liberalism is dragging our judicial system into a legal and moral cesspool. Evidently, she never quite got the message that with rights come responsibilities. She’s enabling lawbreakers to flout the laws with impunity. She needs to be removed from the bench.

  • Clucko

    Ever wonder why people flout the law as often as they do? I’m surprised she doesn’t give those that violate laws a big kiss and a Get out of Jail Free Card. Oh, in case you didn’t guess, she was appointed by Obama and comes from the east side of the state.