Thomas Reverses Stance on Charging "Super-Speeders;" Republican Party Director Among First to be Reamed
And leadfoot state Republican Party director Brett Mecum (see police mugshot below) is one of the first to be charged.
Thomas stated two months ago that he believed the law didn't support charging people when the only evidence was photo enforcement data. Despite his opinion, the state Department of Public Safety, which runs the freeway program, continued to arrest motorists in the Phoenix area who were caught on camera doing more than 100 mph.
But something changed a few weeks ago, says DPS. Thomas sent a letter to the agency outlining the criteria he'd use to charge the photographed "super-speeders."
Thomas' office sent us a copy of the April 2 letter sent to DPS that outlined how criminal speed-camera cases may be prosecuted. (Scroll down for the Scribd version of the PDF).
Apparently, the criteria isn't much different than what's being used in other counties to prosecute criminal speed-camera violators. In other words, it looks like Thomas sort of caved on this issue. We'll tell you more about the change once Thomas' office responds.
But check out this touch of irony: Arrowhead Justice Court is the home of speed-camera-hating Justice of the Peace John Keegan, who declared in December that the state's freeway photo enforcement program was unconstitutional and has thrown out hundreds of tickets.
Maybe Mecum has no legal worries, after all.