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Attorney takes red light camera case to the Ohio Supreme Court

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The battle over red light cameras continues in Columbus. A legal challenge to the way Toledo cites drivers will be heard by the Ohio Supreme Court. The local attorney heading the case says the ordinance the cameras operate under is illegal.

If you've ever received a ticket after driving by a red light camera, attorney Andy Mayle says you should get your money back. He's the lawyer in a case the Supreme Court accepted to review this week.

"The lawsuit challenges how the city takes jurisdiction away from the Toledo Municipal Court. That's the court the state legislature says has jurisdiction of ordinance violations in Toledo.", Says Andy Mayle

Mayle says the ordinance is unconstitutional and deprives citizens of their day in court.

"You have a right under the Ohio constitution and the Ohio statute to have your cases heard in court.", says Mayle

The outcome of the legal challenge could create some implications over the controversial cameras all across the state. Toledo was the first city in Ohio to set up a photo enforcement system back in 2001. This past spring, a measure that would ban the cameras, except for school zones, made it through the state house. Now it's in the senate with no indication what it'll decide. Mayle says his case isn't about doing away with the cameras, but rather using them in the right way.

"My thoughts are exactly what the court of appeals have said. They're illegal. If you want to cite someone and allege the citizen has done something illegal, they have to file their allegation in court and have to prove that allegation under normal court rules, court evidence before a real judge."

Critics say the devices are simply cash machines. Meanwhile, law enforcement maintains, the cameras are for safety.

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