conflict of interest for Virginia DMV fines

I realize this is kind of old news, but the outrage is still pretty fresh to me the more I think about it. Remember the giant new fines imposed on Virginia residents for certain traffic violations? The self-proclaimed architect of the new law, Delegate David Albo is known for being a champion of harsher and harsher penalties for driving-related infractions, including DUI.

What’s Delegate Albo’s day job? He’s a defense attorney whose firm specializes in traffic and DUI offenses.

So let me get this straight. With one hand, Delegate Albo is voting for higher traffic violation penalties and incentivizing defendants to fight charges, and with the other, Counselor Albo is bragging about the guy with the 0.33 BAC his firm got acquitted.

I love the smell of conflict of interest in the morning. Smells like… corruption and lack of accountability.

Hat tip to Radley Balko at Reason Magazine, who gave this law my favorite nickname so far: The David Albo Employment Act.

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

Tiffany Baxendell Bridge is an Internet enthusiast and an incurable smartass. When not heckling the neighborhood political scene on Twitter, she can be found goofing off with her ukulele, Bollywood dancing, or obsessing about cult TV. She is That Woman With the Baby In the Bar.

Tiffany lives in Brookland with her husband Tom, son Charlie, and two high-maintenance cats. Read why Tiffany loves DC.

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