— The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles has asked the state Supreme Court
for permission to continue its suspension on sales of vanity plates until
a court case is settled.
attorney general's office announced Monday it had filed a request for a
stay order in the case involving a license plate reading "0INK."
A Marion County
judge in May ordered the BMV to resume selling personalized license
plates, which it hadn't done since Jul 2013 due to a lawsuit by a
Greenfield police officer who maintained it unconstitutionally refused to
renew his plate.
Vawter and the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, which
represented him, had argued that the BMV trespassed on his free speech
rights. The judge agreed with Vawter, and told the BMV it had to resume
selling vanity plates under certain stipulations. Judge James Osborn also
found that the rules used by the BMV were inconsistent.
The BMV appealed
to the Indiana Supreme Court, and requested a stay order Friday.
In its motion,
the BMV repeated its arguments that Osborn essentially rewrote state law
and BMV rules, and that the court order would force it to issue offensive
The ACLU did not
return a phone call seeking comment.