conflict of interest for Virginia DMV fines

I realize this is kind of old news, but the outrage is still pretty fresh to me the more I think about it. Remember the giant new fines imposed on Virginia residents for certain traffic violations? The self-proclaimed architect of the new law, Delegate David Albo is known for being a champion of harsher and harsher penalties for driving-related infractions, including DUI.

What’s Delegate Albo’s day job? He’s a defense attorney whose firm specializes in traffic and DUI offenses.

So let me get this straight. With one hand, Delegate Albo is voting for higher traffic violation penalties and incentivizing defendants to fight charges, and with the other, Counselor Albo is bragging about the guy with the 0.33 BAC his firm got acquitted.

I love the smell of conflict of interest in the morning. Smells like… corruption and lack of accountability.

Hat tip to Radley Balko at Reason Magazine, who gave this law my favorite nickname so far: The David Albo Employment Act.

2 Comments so far

  1. Krempasky (unregistered) on July 13th, 2007 @ 8:33 am

    what a stupid f’ing law. What a jacka$$. Question, did any of these jokers think for one minute that they just created a nightmare scenario for law enforcement? Consider: how many people move to Virginia every year. Now consider: how many of those people will actually GET Virginia licenses? Better to get stopped with an expired out of state one and not pay the extra $800ish dollars from Virginia DMV.

  2. MBFan#2 (unregistered) on July 13th, 2007 @ 3:40 pm

    Looks like someone is trying to do something about this. I just got this in my inbox.

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