By Joseph Snook
Attorney Nicholas Somberg & Judge Marco Santia
- Taylor Trupiano was issued a ticket by the Roseville, Michigan Police
for leaving his car unattended while it warmed up in his own driveway.
Last week, Trupiano lost in court. Then, his attorney got in trouble,
to be the media, or getting 'special permission' from the court, Trupiano's
attorney allegedly had someone broadcast the hearing on Facebook Live
which the judge held him in contempt for.
Nicholas Somberg stated, "This ordinance only applies to areas
open to the public and according to people v. Raya, you cannot even
get a DUI in your own driveway."
District Judge Marco
Santia had a different view. As he ruled against Trupiano, he cited
his opinion regarding the ordinance. The judge stated that if the vehicle
is accessible to the public, and since strangers can gain access to
your driveway, it's included.
"I don't think it applies to your private property and on top
of that if it's a safety issue they didn't solve the safety issue by
leaving a ticket. The car was still running (and) left unlocked."
An undisclosed person
paid Trupiano's $128 ticket for him, but the court hasn't decided if
it will accept the payment. Trupiano didn't say whether or not he plans
to appeal the ruling. A property rights advocate stated, "it
goes without saying that private property no longer exists when you
can't even warm up your own car in your own driveway."
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