‘COPSLIE’ license plate allowed by New Hampshire top court

05/08/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

New Hampshire – A recent decision by New Hampshire’s high court says a man seeking to be given a license plate reading “COPSLIE” has that right. As reported by Reuters, a challenge to the Department of Motor Vehicles’ rules regarding license plate requests was upheld by the state Supreme Court on Wednesday.

David Montenegro, who made the request for the plate in 2010, filed a lawsuit against the state after his request was denied. He was offered his second choice of a plate reading “GR8TGOVT” instead.

The court determined that the rules stipulating that requests could be denied based on what “a reasonable person would find offensive to good taste” were too broad and were likely to be used in an arbitrary or discriminatory fashion.

The court is quoted as stating in the decision, “We question whether prohibition of accusations of moral turpitude would constitute ‘viewpoint-neutral’ regulation.”

This report is provided by Justice News Flash – New Hampshire Legal News

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