Gina Corcoran 
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Re: “Chief Justice Seeks Emergency Traffic Court Reform, Jerry Brown Pushes Amnesty Program

I want to thank Governor Brown and the Chief Justice for implementing this program again in 2015. I have 3 tickets, one dating back to 2011. In 2008 I lost everything, my home, my job, my marriage and it seemed my sanity as well. I am just now coming out of that fog but have nearly 3,000.00 in fees for the 3 tickets and they are in collections with GC services, a quasi collection agency in kahoots with the courts. I am a licensed EMT and cannot get a job in my field for years now and GC Services will not take any payment less than $50 dollars at a time and I am lucky if I have $50 dollars at once at all lately. I literally haven't made a payment in a few years due to the fact that I either eat or make a payment. I couldn't get a court date at all to reassess the issue. The fines added to the original amounts on these tickets are shocking. I am shocked at the way these actions by the courts violate constitutional rights on a daily basis. Most people do not realize this because sadly most people don't know their rights. I believe in law and order and have nothing against the licensing and registration system, however it is used against its citizens instead of what it says it was designed to do in the first place. Basically the Constitution states that driving is not a privilege but a right. A right to travel by horse drawn carriage or automobile in the course of life and everyday business unless it is in the business of commerce. Most people do not realize this either. Also Amendment 8 of the Constitution is being violated daily against citizens in that it states "Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishment inflicted." If you really take a look at the way this system is rigged, it is cruel, unusual and excessive. I don't know about other people in my situation but I literally felt hopeless up until recently. I have to do odd jobs until I can get my license back to be able to get a job in my field and i have to drive. I have been pulled over a few times for my tags and all 3 of those officers understood. They gave me warnings because they are decent people who agreed about how oppressive the system has become. But it could have been worse if I was pulled over by a power hungry officer. I believe that this problem plays a big role in a lot of the issues going on with the public retaliating against law enforcement and this includes the racial aspect as well because this oppressive over charging and hellhole of a traffic ticket system can actually ruin the lives of people living in poverty. Talk about no hope. People living in the low income black communities are pissed off as it is and hopeless and then they have to deal with the greed and abusive unconstitutional system of traffic fines. It's abusive and I am amazed that Civil Rights Leaders and attorneys who claim to be constitutional lawyers aren't standing up for people and are just letting this happen. I know why this is though. It's because people only care about money and unless they will get famous or are compensated monetarily, they don't care. The Constitution is really not what they are defending, it's their right to make more money. There, I ranted.

Posted by Gina Corcoran on 07/31/2015 at 8:36 AM

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