Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

May 8, 2014

Judge: Indiana BMV wrongly pulled '0INK' vanity plate


The Associated Press

Indianapolis — A judge has ruled that Indiana officials violated a police officer's constitutional rights by revoking his vanity license plate "0INK."

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana has argued that decision infringed on Greenfield police Officer Rodney Vawter's freedom of speech rights. Marion County Judge James Osborn issued his ruling Wednesday.

Vawter sued the Bureau of Motor Vehicles when it revoked his plate after three years, saying its content was "offensive or misleading."

The BMV stopped offering vanity plates last July until the case was decided.

A BMV spokesman didn't immediately return a phone call from the Associated Press seeking comment Thursday.

The case is among several cases involving vanity plates across the country. The New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in favor of a man with a "COPSLIE" plate.