Sunday, April 01, 2012

Court Rejects Religious Defense To Failure To Have Auto Insurance

In State of Wisconsin v. Gotthardt, (WI App., March 22, 2012), defendant appealed a penalty of $200 that was imposed on her for driving a motor vehicle without insurance. She claimed that the requirement to maintain automobile insurance conflicted with her sincerely held religious beliefs. The court held that defendant's 1st Amendment defense was untimely, and that in any event she had not shown that the insurance requirement was unconstitutional.