News and Tribune

December 18, 2013

Judge sets hearing date in vanity plate lawsuit


Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — A Central Indiana judge has set a January hearing in a police officer's lawsuit that accuses state officials of violating his rights by revoking his vanity license plate "0INK."

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles in July stopped offering vanity plates until the case is decided. WISH-TV reports Marion County Judge James Osborn has scheduled a hearing for Jan. 21 on the lawsuit.

Greenfield police Officer Rodney Vawter sued the BMV in May, saying its decision to revoke his vanity license plate violated his free speech rights. The agency revoked his plate after three years, saying its content was "offensive or misleading."

The American Civil Liberties Union, which filed the lawsuit on Vawter's behalf, filed a motion in November requesting a summary judgment.