Cincinnati – The police ordered Ledgerwood to pull over late in the evening of February 6, 2012, at Indian Hill.
Ledgerwood was behind the wheel of his black four-door 2004 Acura when he was cited for driving in a speed of 54 MPH in a 35 mph zone. Police said that Ledgerwood immediately asked them if he had other citations as his driving record is clean.
After the police officer took a look at Ledgerwood’s record, he saw that this driver has been served in Hamilton County seven times citation for speeding since the year 2004 but some cases had been decreased or thrown out. Ledgerwood was issued a speeding ticket.
Only $36 was the worth of the ticket itself but when added amount of $59 was for the cost of the court making a total amount of $95.
Ledgerwood contested the ticket and went to the Mayor’s Court in Indian Hill on February 27. However, the officer who issued the ticket was not in court so the prosecutors asked for a continuance. If there was no witness to the over speeding, prosecutors cannot prove that Ledgerwood was speeding. Since Ledgerwood was aware that the officer was absent, he refused to continue the case.It was then transferred to Hamilton County Municipal Court and Ledgerwood left.
After Ledgerwood left the court, the prosecutors of Indian Hill knew that the case would certainly be dropped and Ledgerwood would go scotch free unless the case was presented to a judge within 30 days.
The police went to Ledgerwood’s home and told him he could either waive the 30-day time limitation or show up in court the next day. But he refused to waive the 30-day time limit so a special session at the Indian Hill Mayor’s Court was called the next day. This time, the officer who gave him the ticket was there. Ledgerwood was found guilty of speeding and ordered to pay $95.
He file an appeal of the verdict to the Municipal Court of Hamilton County to Judge Cheryl Grant. She agreed to dismiss the ticket; but days later, the went to the office of Ledgerwood to inform him that the same speeding ticket has been re-issued.
Ledgerwood again went to Judge Grant who again threw the case out but Indian Hill prosecutors appealed the decision to the Cincinnati-based 1st District Court of Appeals and won.
Ledgerwood insisted that the way Indian Hill has pursued the case is harassment. He believed the police were not pleased when the ticket was thrown out twice.
A local Mayor’s Court judge Massimino Ionna said that the aggressiveness of the Indian Hill prosecutor was not a normal way to treat a speeding ticket. It is only a speeding ticket.
Another judge commented that 30 to 40″ hours have already been spent prosecuting Ledgerwood’s case so far.
In the first meeting in the Mayor’s Court, Ledgerwood admitted that he was over speeding. But Crain said that for Ledgerwood, it is now more important to prove his point rather than just a speeding ticket.
The amount of $2,600 was already spent by Ledgerwood in defending himself in court but he is expected to spend $4,000 more for he’s asked that the Ohio Supreme Court will take his case.
The speeding ticket was reissued and assigned to another Municipal Court judge and another court hearing was set on Tuesday.
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Source: USA Today Com