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Thomas v. Haslam

A Tennessee law that automatically rescinds the licenses of drivers who fail to pay court debt is unconstitutional, says a district court. “No rational creditor wants his debtor to be sidelined from productive economic life. No rational creditor wants his debtor to be less able to hold a job or cover his other, competing living expenses…. The state can still use the specter of revocation to encourage payment of court debt; it simply must afford the debtor the opportunity to demonstrate, first, that the only reason he has failed to pay is that he simply cannot.”


Tags: 2018, Due Process, Equal Protection, Middle District of Tennessee

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