- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) - A federal lawsuit says a Long Island traffic and parking agency is illegally jailing motorists and punishing those who seek sworn depositions by refusing to grant them plea deals.

The lawsuit says the Suffolk County Traffic and Parking Violations Agency’s executive director picks judicial hearing officers and prosecutors, eliminating checks and balances.

According to Newsday (https://nwsdy.li/1LZeAxS ), the suit also says the court has a “no plea bargain policy” for motorists who request depositions about their cases.

Attorney Christopher Cassar filed the lawsuit in Brooklyn federal court Thursday on behalf of four plaintiffs. He says the court’s rules are arbitrary and trample over constitutional rights.

Suffolk County spokesman Justin Meyers says the county doesn’t comment on pending litigation.

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Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com


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