: Maryland judge running amok

07-18-10, 08:45 AM


From the article:

Went to court for my clear tail lights on my car and was found guilty!

The judge actualy told me she didn't care what the manufacturer said, what the federal govt said, what the DOT # stamped onto my taillights said if the officer says my lights aren't legal then they're not legal. I took the G8 sales brochure in along with pics of my car and other G8 GT's and the VIN trace by 3 different dealers saying my lights were factory none of it mattered she found me guilty of failing to display or reflect red light on the rear of the car. Didn't matter the reflecters were in the bumper, didn't matter where the light is has that little red circle, the whole lens isn't red so they're not legal. Also where the back-up and turn signals are should be the reflectors according to the cop so the V6 cars lights aren't legal either.

Judge stupid went on to tell me that maybe I should consider trading in or selling the car since its not legal in MD and that I'm going to continue to get the $60 tickets till I get rid of the car.

So I contacted Pontiac's 1-800 # and I have an apt next friday to have my car looked at by them and see if they can help or at least repay me the $85.50 fine and court costs.

I honestly don't know what else I can do. The cop was ALL smiles afterwards and winked at me! WTF! Now I'm screwed! How do I go to work now? I drive right thru where he works!! So this ass nuget can make up stuff randomly for any car he gets a hard on for and nothing can be done to fight it!
This is BS.

According to the Judge, the opinion of an officer of the law supersedes what the Federal government approved for sale and the design somehow doesn't jive with what the State of Maryland considers legal.


07-18-10, 10:19 AM
You have to read the comments below the article (and if they are true; they appear to be) this guy fibbed the story, was in other violatioins and was guilty as charged.

07-18-10, 11:03 AM
Yeah, I was going to say I'm the first one to say the legal system is crooked as all hell. But this one seems a little to far out in left field.

07-18-10, 12:01 PM
eta: more comments this morning.

07-18-10, 12:02 PM
This has been the subject of a couple of newspaper articles in the DC suburbs.

Apparently the aftermarket tail light lenses which were actually on the car at the time of the ticket are not factory stock, regardless of what the defendant tried to prove when he took the factory brochures to court.

07-18-10, 12:05 PM
So the guy apparently owns more than one set of tail lamps and tried the old swap-a-rooney. :suspect:

07-18-10, 12:15 PM
Yeah, turns out he actually has them tinted black.

07-18-10, 12:41 PM
Such a confusing story. Jalopnik always jumps on things without checking into them.

07-18-10, 03:02 PM
In court, everyone tells the story in a manner most favorable to themselves. The guy is damn lucky he didn't wind up behind bars for presenting manufactured evidence to the judge.