Former law student prevails on First Amendment claim against MSU

Ingham County Circuit Judge Paula Manderfield has ruled that a former Michigan State University law school student had a First Amendment right to confront a university parking officer who ticketed his SUV, reports The Lansing State Journal.

“In overturning the conviction of the former student, 26-year-old Jared Rapp, … Manderfield said the ordinance used by authorities to prosecute Rapp was unconstitutional,” according to The LSJ.

Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III said his office will appeal Manderfield’s decision to the Michigan Court of Appeals. Dunnings said Rapp “went way over the line” in confronting the officer.

The case stemmed from a September 2008 incident in a campus parking ramp. Rapp’s Land Rover was ticketed for parking in a space with an expired meter.