Geo McCalip, webmaster of HelpIGotATicket.com, has announced a new campaign to put an end to what he refers to as the "the tickets for revenue scam". I first learned of Geo's site in 2001 when I was learning how to properly fight a traffic ticket. Geo's free informational site is one of the best practical tools in advocating for honest government and justice in court. The presumption of innocence is key in this country, and we must never forget it. With cities going broke throughout the country, local municipalities across America have surprisingly yet candidly admitted that tickets are for revenue.
Geo explains on his website, "during the last few years the tickets for revenue scam has grown progressively worse. Fortunately, during those same few years, I have gained some real insight into how we, the people, can get this problem under control using the law. The good news is that, according to the attorneys I have consulted with, we have some excellent arguments to make in court -- arguments that can change the process radically in favor of the average person."
McCalip also released a PDF with more detail, such as how he will lay the groundwork for his legal cases:
"Certain friends of Mr. McCalip are currently working to get speeding tickets that involve
illegal speed traps as defined in Vehicle Code § 40802(a)(2). Defendants will schedule each of
these cases for court, but not appear. Instead, Mr. McCalip will appear and, when the judge
or commissioner calls the case, announce his presence as an expert witness for the defense.
He will point out that the court lets the prosecution present a witness without an attorney
present and claim the same right for the defense. Should the judge not allow Mr. McCalip to
testify, the case will go to federal court as a due process issue.
Bottom line? This will effectively put an end to People v Carlucci in which the California
Supreme Court ruled that it is not a denial of due process for the prosecuting attorney to not
be present in court for an infraction hearing."
McCalip was recently a guest on Truth Brigade Radio with Christie Czajkowski discussing this campaign. You can hear an archive of the program here or here.
He is also setting up a non-profit organization and legal fund, CalRights.org, to help cover the costs.
McCalip is available to speak to groups in the Los Angeles and Orange County area, and is available for phone interviews to help spread the word about this important campaign.