Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Court Frowns on Ticket Doodles.

Byline: Leslie Linthicum Journal Staff Writer

* Portales judge reprimanded for letting police draw happy or sad faces to indicate driver's attitude

Draw a frowny face on this Supreme Court decision.

A Portales municipal judge has been reprimanded by the New Mexico Supreme Court for allowing police officers to describe drivers' attitudes by drawing either a smiley face or a frowny face on their traffic tickets.

No allegation was made that Municipal Judge Frederick Arnold gave stiffer penalties to defendants who were depicted with frowns or that he gave breaks to defendants whose frowns were turned upside down.

In fact, he ordered fines slightly more often for tickets marked with smiles and dismissed slightly more tickets marked with frowns. …

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