Hearing in "0INK" police license plate delayed

A police officer from central Indiana is suing the BMV, claiming they violated his freedom of speech rights after revoking his vanity license plate that read "0INK."

Posted on Feb. 10, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A central Indiana judge has delayed until April a hearing in a police officer’s lawsuit that accuses state officials of violating his rights by revoking his vanity license plate “0INK.”

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles in July stopped offering vanity plates until the case is decided.

Marion County Judge James Osborn approved a request from BMV attorneys to push back a planned March hearing until April 9.

Greenfield police Officer Rodney Vawter’s lawsuit contends that the BMV’s decision to revoke his vanity license plate violated his free speech rights. The agency revoked his plate after three years, saying its content was “offensive or misleading.”

The hearing is on a motion for summary judgment by the American Civil Liberties Union, which represents Vawter.

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