It’s time to stop funding local governments with unfair court fines

It’s pretty clear what a lot of people in the government think. In a minor but typical example, a friend of mine got a $50 ticket in Sevier County, Tennessee (home of Dollywood). She thought she had a good case that the ticket was undeserved, so instead of just mailing in her 50 bucks, she went to court — where the judge was uninterested in hearing her side and where she was hit not only with the $50 fine but with several times the fine in “court costs,” essentially a tax on her for daring to exercise her right to a trial.

This sort of thing is standard, and it’s all about funneling citizens’ cash into government coffers, for the benefit of government workers. And the example above is a mild one.