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Federal lawsuit questions St. Louis suburb’s fines

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Federal lawsuit questions St. Louis suburb’s fines

( KTRS ) A public interest law firm is suing the city of Pagedale in federal court, for it’s ticketing practices. The Arlington, Virginia-based Institute for Justice filed the lawsuit Wednesday in St. Louis, asking a judge to stop the city of Pagedale from enforcing city codes that the plaintiffs call for-profit and unconstitutional. The […]

Federal lawsuit questions St. Louis suburb’s fines

( KTRS ) A public interest law firm is suing the city of Pagedale in federal court, for it’s ticketing practices.

The Arlington, Virginia-based Institute for Justice filed the lawsuit Wednesday in St. Louis, asking a judge to stop the city of Pagedale from enforcing city codes that the plaintiffs call for-profit and unconstitutional.

The suit on behalf of two Pagedale residents alleges that over the past five years, the number of non-traffic municipal fines issued there, has increased by nearly 500 percent, and included fines for such things as mismatched curtains, how pedestrians use a crosswalk and where residents stage barbecues on their property.

The lawsuit comes four months after Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed into law a measure limiting cities’ ability to profit from traffic tickets and court fines.

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