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Judge sets hearing date in vanity plate lawsuit

– A central Indiana judge has scheduled a hearing for next month in a lawsuit a police officer filed against the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles alleging its decision to revoke his vanity license plate “0INK” was unconstitutional.

The BMV 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.

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.


Information from: WISH-TV,