New Mexico authorities have paid $1.6 million to David Eckert to settle a lawsuit after cops forced him to undergo “multiple digital penetrations and three enemas” on an invalid warrant. They found no drugs on him.
Tuesday California’s DMV concluded the public hearing phase of its process for drafting regulations governing the testing of autonomous vehicles. Now DMV has until January 1, 2015 to enact regulations governing insurance and testing standards.
The Orange County Crime Lab admitted yesterday that a second machine was improperly calibrated, resulting in an underestimation of BAC in about 100 cases. The lab plans to request a state audit to review its standards and procedures.
Virginia’s DMV is again in the news regarding a vanity plate. This time it’s a Dallas Cowboys fan who was not a fan of Robert Griffin, III. A Redskins fan reported the plate to DMV, who reportedly had “taken appropriate action” years ago.
The Iraqi War veteran’s vanity plate “ICUHAJI” has acquired a life of its own in a battle between former Army sniper Sean Bujno and Virginia’s DMV. At issue is whether the message “I see you, Haji” is derogatory to Arabs and Muslims and in violation of Virginia’s regulations against such messages appearing on vanity plates. Bujno won his first round in court with a judge’s ruling declaring the regulations to be unconstitutional “viewpoint discrimination.” His case was then sent back to DMV to see if it could justify the revocation of the plates on some other ground. DMV decided it could still deny Bujno the plates on other, legal grounds, and Bujno again took the case to court. This time the judge ruled that Bujno had failed to exhaust his administrative remedies with DMV before filing suit (a necessary step before invoking a court’s jurisdiction). So Bujno is now headed back to DMV to exhaust his remedies there before (assuming he loses) the court will hear his appeal. FWIW, the Virginia-Pilot has sort-of sided with Bujno, arguing that the Virginia regulations are vague.