Iowa Supreme Court Rescues State From Refunding Illegally Issued Traffic Tickets

The Iowa Supreme Court stepped in last week to save the state government from the prospect of having to pay back millions of dollars in illegally issued traffic tickets. The justices unanimously decided to fall back on procedural problems to deny Rickie Rilea’s claim for a refund of $465 paid after being pulled over in 2016 by an Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) employee who at the time lacked any legal authority to issue him a citation. The decision closes the door for 22,000 other motorists who were ticketed under similar circumstances.