“COPSLIE” vanity license plate protected by free speech

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CONCORD, NH (May 9, 2014) – New Hampshire’s highest court has ruled that a man’s request for a vanity license plate that reads “COPSLIE” is protected by free speech.

David Montenegro requested a COPSLIE vanity license plate, but his application was rejected on the grounds that it accused police officers of “moral turpitude.”

New Hampshire DMV officials said “COPSLIE” was offensive to the good taste of a reasonable person.

David sued the DMV, and on Wednesday the state Supreme Court agreed with his arguments saying the DMV’s  “good taste” standard is vague and in violation of the state constitution’s free speech clause because it allows for arbitrary and discriminatory decisions.

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