North Dakota City Attorney Wants Abortion Truck Lawsuit Dismissed

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 21, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 21,

Fargo, ND ( — The attorney for the city of Fargo is asking a court to dismiss the lawsuit filed by an Oregon man who filed a lawsuit to dismiss a $60 traffic ticket he received in 2004 when he drove his truck there. Robert Rudnick, from Bend, says the city relied on a vague law to issue the ticket.

At the time, Rudnick was charged with violating an ordinance against obstructed windows on a vehicle for safety purposes when he drove his truck, sporting graphic abortion pictures, around town.

Rudnick contends the law is too vague and deprived him of his free speech rights. He’s challenging the old ticket now because he plans to revisit Fargo later this year to drive his truck around before the elections.

Mike Miller, Fargo’s assistant city attorney, previously told AP that "Certainly we don’t feel that we’ve done anything improper or illegal here.”

A similar truck made the news in Georgia in recent weeks and Gwinnett County Police Department officials have dropped the charges originally filed against pro-life advocate.

Bob Roethlisberger, a Missouri man arrested for driving a truck with graphic abortion pictures around a suburban shopping mall after Thanksgiving.

Roethlisberger was originally arrested and jailed on the charge of "disorderly conduct" for driving the vehicle.