Carroll v. Craddock - A court case that The ACLU of Rhode Island is currently involved in.


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Carroll v. Craddock (2020)

Category: Active Case    Free Speech    Right to Petition & Protest    

About this Case:
This is a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a state law that gives the DMV Administrator carte blanche authority to deny vanity license plates based on whether he thinks they “might carry connotations offensive to good taste and decency.”

Current Status:
In February 2021, the Court declared that the ban on "offensive" vanity plates is unconstitutional.

Cooperating Attorneys:
Thomas W. Lyons; Rhiannon Huffman

Related Documents
Related News Releases
  • Feb 12, 2021 - Court Declares Ban on “Offensive” Vanity Plates is Unconstitutional
  • Oct 04, 2020 - Court Rules That Ban on “Offensive” License Plates Likely Violates First Amendment
  • Mar 12, 2020 - ACLU Sues DMV Over Ability to Censor “Offensive” Vanity Plates