Maricopa Cty JP: Photo-enforcement is unconstitutional

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PHOENIX -- A Maricopa County justice of the peace says Arizona's new photo-enforcement law is unconstitutional.

According to Judge John Keegan, the law violates the U.S. Constitution because it denies equal protection under the law.

He says it also crosses a clause on equal privileges and immunities in Arizona's state Constitution.

Keegan issued a court order to that effect on Dec. 9. He said that since then, he's thrown out as many as 400 photo-enforcement tickets.

He said as soon as a government agency picks up the challenge, it will make its way through the court system.

Keegan's jurisdiction covers Peoria, Sun City and north Glendale, so most of the tickets that turn up in his court, which is located in Surprise, were snapped on Loop 101.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.