The Advocate reported today that the duo suing to stop local government's SafeSpeed and SafeLight programs, contracted to Arizona-based Redflex Traffic Systems, has dropped its federal complaint. But plaintiffs Stephanie Ware and Phil Abshire say they plan to pursue the matter in state court.
The change in strategy comes after a federal magistrate judge on Tuesday recommended that the higher-up district judge dismiss the federal litigation.
The lawsuit attacked the enforcement program as unconstitutional, arguing in part that it improperly skirts the legal protections given to someone accused of a criminal traffic violation by pursuing fines through a civil process, which offers fewer safeguards for the accused.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.