Traffic Court: Losers on the Road

In the Denver suburb of Greenwood Village (pop. 600), a grand jury has indicted two top officials for running what may be the most brazen traffic-fine racket in the U.S. For six years, charged the jury, Greenwood Village used the public highways as a "personal toll road" that raked in $100,000 for the town by means of "a court scheme that was a sham, a mockery, a fraud and simply a system to exact tribute from unsuspecting motorists."

According to the indictment, Harold Tousignaut not only held three town jobs (police chief, building inspector, road supervisor) paying $600 a month,...

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