Court Upholds Law To Impound Cars Of Unlicensed Drivers: Full Disclosure Network Video Report
WASHINGTON--Aug. 19, 2013: In an exclusive 7 min video Judicial Watch Litigation Director Paul Orfanedes describes the successful legal battle in Los Angeles Superior Court to uphold the "Rule of Law" in Los Angles California and the State Constitution. He tells Full Disclosure host Leslie Dutton about the astonishing attempt by the LAPD to deviate from state law that mandates uniform traffic regulations and operations statewide of all motor vehicles. Watch from this URL: Court Rejects LAPD Impound Ban
LAPD Adopts Own Vehicle Code As if it was a country separate and apart from the United States and the State of California, the City of Los Angeles scrapped the mandatory California vehicle impound law and created its own ban so cars driven by unlicensed drivers could not be impounded. This essentially deviated from the uniform vehicle code of the state of California.
Political Clout? L A City, under pressure from the immigrant rights lobby groups ACLU, CHIRLA (Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of L.A.) and L.A. Voice, had pushed the LAPD to enact the new policy, that instructed police officers to ignore the State Law that requires them to confiscate automobiles of unlicensed drivers.
Judge Throws Out Questionable Policy Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Terry Green held that the LAPD "Impound Ban" policy was illegal and could only be changed by the State Legislature. Following the Judicial decision, the ACLU and other groups immediately announced they would appeal the decision.
ACLU: Litigation vs Legislation For some reason, the immigrant rights groups seem to prefer to use their political resources in the courts rather than the Legislature where duly elected representatives of the citizens debate the issues and vote on whether to craft new laws and or change the Constitution.