Man Claims Nevada DMV Rejected Request For GOPALIN License Plate, But Approved GO OBAMA
What do they call folks who are crazy about Sarah Palin? Paliniacs? Whatever they’re called, James Linlor is one. According to the Las Vegas Sun, Linlor tried twice to get a custom license plate for his car that read GOPALIN, only to be rejected over concerns the request was “vulgar or obscene or expressing superiority of political affiliation.” Linlor tried again last year, asking for PALIN, PALIN12 and even PALIN16. No, no, and no. Too “political” he says he was told.
A judge ultimately overturned the DMV’s rejection of Linlor’s applications, saying the state can deny offensive plates, but not plates simply deemed “political.”
Linlor’s suing, claiming not only that his rights to that Palin plate were infringed, but also accusing the DMV of political bias:
Despite the judge’s decision, the complaint alleges the DMV again denied Linlor’s request for a “GOPALIN” plate. Meanwhile, Linlor discovered the DMV had issued other politics-related license plates, including “GOGREEN,” “DMOCRAT,” “AL GORE,” “KERRY,” “EDWARDS,” “DEAN,” “HILLARY” and “RONPAUL,” while rejecting requests for “REPBLCN” and “BUSH,” the complaint alleges.
When Linlor applied for a “GO OBAMA” plate, the DMV approved it, he alleges.
The Sun reports the state did, in fact print that plate, though it’s unclear if it’s been attached to Mr. Linlor’s car. “Bruce Breslow, director of the Nevada DMV, said Monday he’s not sure why Linlor brought a lawsuit this month because the ‘GOPALIN’ plate was issued Dec. 30, 2010.”
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