Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Chesterfield judge upholds 'fees'

Yet another general district judge has upheld Virginia's new scheme of "civil remedial fees" for "abusive drivers." This time, the venue is Chesterfield County.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Chesterfield General District Judge Philip V. Daffron has ruled that the statute establishing the fees is constitutional. Turning back a challenge by five drivers, Daffron found that the General Assembly had a rational basis for passing the law.

The lawyer for one of the defendants said he may appeal the ruling.

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