Judge: DMV Can't Revoke Offensive License Plate

Friday, Nov 9, 2012  |  Updated 3:36 PM EDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Judge: DMV Can't Revoke Offensive License Plate

Getty Images

advertisement

A Chesapeake judge has ruled that the Department of Motor Vehicles shouldn't have a revoked an Army veteran's license plate that it said was offensive.

Sean Bujno's personalized plate, "ICUHAJI," was revoked last year because the DMV said it could be interpreted as socially, racially, or ethically offensive or disparaging.

The plate can be read as "I see you, Haji." Haji is a derogatory term used by U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan to refer to Arab people.

The Virginian-Pilot reports Circuit Court Judge John W. Brown said that if the state lets people praise religion or ethnicity on their license plates, it also must let them denigrate them.

A spokeswoman for the DMV told the newspaper that the department is still reviewing the judge's 14-page opinion.

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
Join the Ride to Conquer Cancer
Join the Ride To Conquer Cancer, Sept. 13 Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out