Lawsuit claiming Va. suspends driver’s licenses in ‘unconstitutional scheme’ is revived

The suit, Stinnie v. Holcomb, detailed the claims of Damian Stinnie, a 24-year-old Charlottesville man diagnosed with lymphoma who became homeless after failing to pay about $1,000 in traffic fines.

News Story (Virginia)

Justin Wm. Moyer
May 24, 2018

Tags: Driver's license suspension

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Justice Center (Virginia)


After the Justice Department and the Virginia NAACP filed briefs in support of the suit, it was dismissed last year when a district court judge ruled that plaintiffs should pursue their claims in state court.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit disagreed in a 2-to-1 decision, returning the case to a lower court.

“The Fourth Circuit’s decision today keeps this case alive,” Angela Ciolfi, the Legal Aid Justice Center’s litigation director, said in a statement. “We will keep fighting to win relief for the million souls and their families caught up in Virginia’s unconstitutional license-for-payment scheme.”