In 1979, we were appointed as lead counsel in 80 consolidated cases in which people were charged with operating cars at excessive speeds, based solely on radar devices. We filed motions to exclude the radar results as too unreliable to support the charges.
Our office presented extensive testimony from numerous highly trained experts in multiple scientific disciplines to establish the inaccuracy of the radar devices. Our evidence included instances in which the radar devices registered roadside houses and trees speeding, and a telephone sitting on an attorney’s desk traveling at over 70 miles per hour.
Our motions to exclude the radar results were granted. The court found many errors were caused by inadequacies in the design and manufacture of the radar devices, and poor police training on the use of these devices. Our work on this case received widespread international news coverage and publicity.