Federal lawsuit questions St. Louis suburb's fines

2 years 11 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, November 04 2015 Nov 4, 2015 Wednesday, November 04, 2015 3:15:00 PM CST November 04, 2015 in News
By: Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A public interest law firm is suing a St. Louis suburb in federal court over the city's ticketing for such things mismatched curtains, how pedestrians use a crosswalk and where residents stage barbecues on their property.

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 seeks class-action status.

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.

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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