• Judge orders Tennessee to stop revoking driver's license due to unpaid court fees

    By: Tony Atkins

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    Tennessee can no longer revoke driver license's just because someone has not paid their court fees. 

    A decision some are calling a "Game Changer." The law has sparked controversy recently, some arguing it unfairly attacks minorities.

    According to attorney Josh Spickler, 146,000 people who've had their licenses revoked due to unpaid fees are now eligible for reinstatement. 


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    "It drove people into further poverty," Spickler said.

    Since the beginning of 2017, Memphis Police have arrested hundreds for suspended licenses. More than 90 percent of them have been African American.

    According to the order FOX13 obtained:

    The action violates 'the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States  Constitution because it provides for no exception from revocation for debtors whose failure to pay is based solely on their indigence. The Commissioner is hereby ORDERED to cease all revocations of driver’s licenses for nonpayment of court debt pursuant to Tenn.

    Tennessee must also put together a plan within 60 days to get people whose licenses were suspended. 

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