Two guys just did what all of us - all of us - have always wanted to do.
They just filed a federal lawsuit over the heinously high price of parking tickets in Los Angeles. Jesus Pimentel and David R. Welch are the
See also: L.A.'s Over-the-Top Parking Tickets Spark Revolt
It argues that the expired-meter tickets that cost Pimentel and Welch $175 denied them "due process" in court to face their accusers and fight their cases:
In fact the lawsuit says that L.A.'s parking tickets are straight-up "unconstitutional."
Pimentel's attorney, Donald G. Norris, told us:
We believe that the parking meter penalties are oppressive and violate the prohibition against excessive fines in the United States and California Constitutions, because the fines are grossly disproportionate to the failure to put a dollar or two in the meter.Pimentel got his ticket on Eighth Street downtown at 3:10 p.m. on May 29, the suit says. He paid the $175 because he had to in order to register his vehicle at the DMV, it says.
Unfortunately, Los Angeles City appears to be attempting to remedy its fiscal woes on the backs of City residents and workers, who in many cases can ill afford to pay such steep penalties.
also- if you read the feed at the end of the article~ it's disheartning to see how many people think ticket prices are just fine!.. "if you can't afford, take a bus." is one comment.
why is LA always so mean?