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THE SCARLET LICENSE PLATE

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The Long Island Civil Liberties Union is up in arms over the trashing of one Roy Letterlough's right to free speech. We agree the case is egregious, though for different reasons.

Poor Letterlough, convicted of drunken driving for the sixth time, was condemned to hang a sign on his license plate reading "CONVICTED DWI" (as in "driving while intoxicated"). An appeals court upheld this modern scarlet letter, to the heated chagrin of all concerned for Letterlough's liberty."This is a violation of his constitutional right to free speech," opines Barbara Bernstein of the LICLU, "because it compels him to say something that he doesn't believe in."

It's a travesty of justice, in our view, allowing a chronic menace to stay on the road.