Speeder Fought the Law (the Law Mostly Won)

Some people who win the lottery buy themselves a mansion. Others prefer to travel the world — and then return home to a new imperial estate. If Alin Dragomir one day hits it big, he says he’d like to appeal a recent traffic court ruling to the California Supreme Court.

“That’s probably one of the things I would do,? said Dragomir, who has already seen his $193.50 speeding ticket upheld by the presiding judge of the Santa Clara County Superior Court.

Dragomir phoned in yesterday to talk about his two-and-a-half-year career as a pro per litigant. His friends know him better as a software engineer from Sunnyvale.

His improvised legal career began three years ago, when a highway patrol officer nailed Dragomir doing 90 miles per hour on a San Jose freeway. Using the Internet, Dragomir gave himself a crash course in legal procedure before attempting to have his ticket dismissed.

“I thought I did a pretty good job. I’m not sure there’s anything else I [could have done],? Dragomir said of his 25 minutes in court. Though he failed to beat his speeding fine, he did persuade the superior court’s appellate division to tweak Commissioner Lisa Steingart, who let a traffic cop cross-examine him at trial. (That’s against the rules.)

With Dragomir already on the phone, it would have been remiss not to ask if he knew he was going 90 in a 65-mph zone the day he got busted for speeding.

So was he speeding? “I do not dispute that fact if it comes to it,? Dragomir said. “What I dispute is the way the case was prosecuted and the many wrong decisions made by the commissioner.?

— Matthew Hirsch


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