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Municipal lawyers urge court to reopen parking enforcement dispute

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Daniel Hohlfeld
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A group of lawyers who work for local governments across the country is objecting to a recent decision by a federal appeals court on marking tires to enforce parking in the city of Saginaw.

A three-judge federal appeals court panel said marking tires with chalk qualifies as an unreasonable search under the Fourth Amendment.

Saginaw city workers mark tires and return to see if the vehicle is still parked after two hours.

Now, the International Municipal Lawyers Association is urging the court to take another look.

The group says the decision "effectively guts" parking enforcement.

This week the Association urged the court to reopen the case.

Paulette is a digital media reporter and producer for Michigan Public. She started as a newsroom intern at the station in 2014 and has taken on various roles in that time, including filling in as an on-air host.
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