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“[T]he personal nature of a message on a vanity plate makes clear that the vehicle owner, not the state, is speaking,” Judge Deborah S. Eyler wrote for the court, deciding that a Maryland driver could not have the Spanish word "Mierda" on his license plate. (File)
“[T]he personal nature of a message on a vanity plate makes clear that the vehicle owner, not the state, is speaking,” Judge Deborah S. Eyler wrote for the court, deciding that a Maryland driver could not have the Spanish word "Mierda" on his license plate. (File)

Md. appeals court upholds MVA’s recall of ‘profane’ license plate

Judges reject First Amendment argument

Maryland’s Motor Vehicle Administration did not violate a vehicle owner’s constitutional right to free speech in recalling his vanity license plate “MIERDA,” the Spanish word for “s--t,” a state appeals court has ruled.

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