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It’s one of several cases around the state and nation testing laws surrounding how traffic cameras are regulated and administered as critics and supporters clash over whether they improve safety or just generate money.
“There’s obviously something in there that would interest them,” said Robert Rigg, a Drake University professor and Criminal Defense Program Director.
The Court of Appeals ruled in one case and the other is just beginning, he said.
“The Iowa Supreme Court has their own way of looking at issues.
It could be a procedural problem they are interested it, it could be substantive, or it may be something specific about this case.” Leaf challenged her due process, the calibration of the cameras, and that the burden of proof hadn’t been met.
Koopmans cautioned the Supreme Court’s interest does not signal justices are leaning a certain way.
Courts around the country have been weighing in on the legality of traffic camera programs, which are used by 140 cities around the country, including six in Iowa, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Louis’ red light camera program, while high courts in Ohio and California recently backed camera programs.
Leaf’s case could be transferred to the Court of Appeal, but Koopmans and Rigg said given discretionary review was granted, the high court will likely keep it.