Thursday, November 12, 2009

Meet the Man Who Won His Trial vs. Red-Light Cameras in St. Louis

Posted By on Thu, Nov 12, 2009 at 10:47 AM

click to enlarge Gant Bloom
  • Gant Bloom
A Daily RFT post last week about a St. Louis judge fighting his ticket from a red-light camera generated a great response from reader Gant Bloom.

His comment?

"I won my red light ticket."
Yes, earlier this year the 38-year-old Bloom -- an IT professional at the Washington University School of Law -- became one of the first individuals in St. Louis who has demanded a trial after getting a ticket from a camera. (See a transcript of his trial at the end of this post.)

Bloom's case is even more special in that he defended himself (he's not an attorney) and won!

As Bloom tells Daily RFT, he honestly didn't know whether he or his girlfriend was driving his BMW last year when it ran a stoplight on Skinker Blvd. The ticket he received for the offense only provided a photo of his car and not an image of the driver.

Bloom went to court maintaining his innocence. A traffic judge wasn't buying Bloom's argument so he asked for a trial. In February of this year St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Elizabeth Hogan ruled Bloom innocent after the defendant made a mockery of the cop and red-light camera representative who testified against him in court.

Check out the transcript of Bloom's case on the following page. It makes for an entertaining read and provides more than a few pointers for anyone wanting to fight their ticket in court.

P.S. Bloom says he is now convinced that he was truly innocent of the traffic violation as his girlfriend has received two red-light camera tickets over the past year.

P.P.S. Bloom's girlfriend is no longer allowed to drive his car because of those tickets.

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