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Man Fighting Ticket Sent to Nonexistent Court Date

10:46 PM, Jul 31, 2013   |    comments
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TOWN OF EVANS - The parking ticket said the court date was July 29.

So a man from the Town of Evans, choosing not to reveal his name, showed up for court on July 29.

Except there was no court on July 29.

"The town clerk was very surprised," said the man with the infamous ticket. "There was even an Erie County [sheriff's deputy] there. He was waiting for court to open."

You see, the Town of Evans' website states that court is held "Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. except for the fifth Monday of the month and Legal Holidays." July 29 was a Monday. It wasn't a legal holiday. But it was the fifth Monday of July.

"For some reason, Erie County didn't know that," he said.

This is likely not the first time a parking ticket has mistakenly included incorrect information. In fact, there's an entire website devoted to trying to beat parking tickets, based partly on whether there's grounds for dismissal because of an error. 

It remains to be seen how the legal process will play out for this man, but whenver he gets his new court date -- which, hopefully, will actually exist this time --  he will continue to fight a parking ticket that was the subject of a 2 On Your Side story in mid-July.

"I'm hoping to get this resolved," the man said, "with no fine."

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