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  •  Those prosecuting this case should be disbarred! (11+ / 0-)

    Any judge who would even think of imposing such punishemnts ought to be impeached for Abuse of Power!  Start pressuring Minnesota legislators to do the right thing and have an Impeaqchment resolution ready to go if this crap continues!

    •  Hey, Randall. You sound like you may know (2+ / 0-)
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      Amber6541, DRo

      the answer to this question:

      The Plaintiff is the STATE of Minnesota

      Why the State of Minnesota?  Why not the city/county or whatever the name of the area the police department that issued the ticket resides?  Was the officer a State Trooper?

      Also, isn't this hearsay?  Perhaps Bob was honking at a puppy in danger of being hit by a car and it was a coincidence that Bob was near this peace rally?

      Also, I am unclear how a honked horn is an endangerment?  Honking horns get people to look up from their cell phones and back from the mind vacation while driving.

      And, of course, it is Bob's right to use the horn as a free speech statement of support to the peace rally.

      Perhaps the police, to satisfy their horniphobia, could try to ban signs that say "Honk for Peace".  LOL with that First Amendment right.

      When will we all wake up before we lose all our freedoms to the rigidity of authoritarianism.

      Poverty does not mean powerless. Unite!

      by War on Error on Mon Sep 14, 2009 at 08:26:22 AM PDT

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      •  Truth is (0+ / 0-)

        The law is true and real.  It's a law that exists in my state as well.  

        I actually understand the rationale for the law, but it's obvious that it leads to some issues involving the selective enforcement of the law.  

        Laws like this are difficult to enforce, and they will likely only get enforced when someone continually complains about them.

        I would suggest that maybe they get a sign that says, "Yell Peace out of your car window!"  

        "...come the pike."

        by otto on Mon Sep 14, 2009 at 08:31:43 AM PDT

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        •  But why is the STATE the Plaintiff? (2+ / 0-)
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          instead of the city/county where the police department resides?

          How is this teeny infraction a STATE issue?  Is it because horn honking is the purview of the STATE?

          This non-legal beagle wants to know.


          Poverty does not mean powerless. Unite!

          by War on Error on Mon Sep 14, 2009 at 08:41:54 AM PDT

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          •  I would guess (0+ / 0-)

            It's a state law and the citation was issued by.  


            169.68 HORN, SIREN.

            (a) Every motor vehicle when operated upon a highway must be equipped with a horn in good working order and capable of emitting sound audible under normal conditions from a distance of not less than 200 feet. However, the horn or other warning device must not emit an unreasonably loud or harsh sound or a whistle. The driver of a motor vehicle shall, when reasonably necessary to insure safe operation, give audible warning with the horn, but shall not otherwise use the horn when upon a highway.

            (b) A vehicle must not be equipped with, and a person shall not use upon a vehicle, any siren, whistle, or bell, except as otherwise permitted in this section.

            (c) It is permissible, but not required, for any commercial vehicle to be equipped with a theft alarm signal device, so arranged that it cannot be used by the driver as an ordinary warning signal.

            (d) All authorized emergency vehicles must be equipped with a siren capable of emitting sound audible under normal conditions from a distance of not less than 500 feet and of a type conforming to the federal certification standards for sirens, as determined by the General Services Administration. However, the siren must not be used except when the vehicle is operated in response to an emergency call or in the immediate pursuit of an actual or suspected violator of the law, in which latter events the driver of the vehicle shall sound the siren when necessary to warn pedestrians and other drivers of the vehicle's approach.

            "...come the pike."

            by otto on Mon Sep 14, 2009 at 08:56:37 AM PDT

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