Sunday, August 19, 2007

Although Justice Stephan doesn't think police officers have rights to free speech, he and his fellow Solons on the Nebraska Supreme Court think that a little law school wouldn't hurt them. Snyder v. Department of Motor Vehicles 274 Neb. 168. The Supreme Court majority throws out an administrative license suspension from Douglas County because the police officer marked "speeding over 20 mph, DUI" as the reason for the arrest. Now if the busy Omaha Police Department officer who stopped this drunk driver who was driving over 20 mph over the speed limit had been to law school, he would have known that although that's the ticket he issued to this drunk driving menace, that was a mere legal conclusion and did not state "facts" to make the wise Supreme Court justices happy. So what if Supreme Court justices and their clerks dream up these technicalities while sitting in their State Capitol chambers and law libraries, the form has TWO AND A HALF INCHES for the officer to state his reasons for arresting the suspect and the burden of the paperwork is not "onerous," even for busy policemen who must complete these forms at all hours and in all weather conditions. Dissenting Chief Justice Heavican seems to be the only judge on the court who agrees to see the real world, and finds the court decision's thwarting effective drunk driving enforcement.

1 comment:

Jeanelle Lust said...

The opinion specifically says that "driver displayed signs of alcohol intoxication" is a suffcient description in the affidavit. Writing that instead of the legal conclusion DUI is not unduly burdensome on law enforecement. To the contrary not writing something that simple displays a lack of training by the police department.

Jeanelle Lust