Stinnie v. Holcomb

Allegation: Virginia law traps low-income motorists in a catch-22; failure to pay court fees automatically results in the suspension of one’s driver’s license, which frustrates plaintiffs’ efforts to earn the money necessary to pay the fees. (Study: One in six Virginia drivers has a suspended license thanks, in part, to court debt.) District court: The suit is barred on several procedural grounds, including the Rooker-Feldman doctrine. Fourth Circuit: None of which are appealable. Maybe amend the complaint? Dissent: The suit should not have been dismissed. (IJ amicus: Federal courts undermine constitutional rights by their overly aggressive application of Rooker-Feldman.)

Tags: 2018, Due Process, Equal Protection, Fourth Circuit

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