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Speed camera violation case is dismissed

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A Baltimore lawyer issued a speed camera ticket despite his vehicle being stationary missed his chance to argue his case when the city asked that a Baltimore District Court judge dismiss the case Friday.

Daniel Doty, the driver, urged the judge to view the video of the alleged violation and award him costs for the time taken to fight the ticket, but she declined to do so.

"It's really outside the purview of the court," District Court Judge Melissa K. Copeland said.

Doty's case was placed at the end of the hour-long docket and promptly dropped.

"They might have been afraid I was going to start a revolt," he said after the hearing.

Doty's April ticket was issued and certified by a Baltimore police officer, despite images showing that his Mazda was stopped in front of a crosswalk with traffic moving across the intersection.

Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Thursday that "a perfect storm of errors" led to the ticket.

iduncan@baltsun.com

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