The “Live Free or Die’’ state says residents are free to declare police “liars’’ on their state-issued license plates, should they feel so inclined.
The Associated Press reports:
In a unanimous decision, the [New Hampshire] Supreme Court agreed with the arguments of David Montenegro, who wanted the vanity plate reading "COPSLIE" to protest what he calls government corruption. State law prohibits vanity plates that "a reasonable person would find offensive to good taste." But the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union argued that the law is unconstitutionally vague and gives too much discretion to a person behind a Department of Motor Vehicles counter. New Hampshire had argued that state workers were right to deny the plate, because the phrase disparages an entire class of people -- police officers.
The court found that a state regulation prohibiting vanity plates that are “offensive to good taste’’ was unconstitutionally vague as it “authorize[d] or even encourage[d] arbitrary and discriminatory enforcement.’’