My boss, Bill James, always says it’s easy to do justice when it does not matter. Daugherty v. State is certainly an example of that principle.
In Daugherty, Appellant challenged a conviction for speeding mph over the speed limit. The radar gun clocked Appellant at 51 mph in a 35 mph zone. The manual showed that the radar gun had an error rate of plus or minus 1 mph. Therefore, Appellant argued that only 15 mph over fell within the range of error.
The Arkansas Court of Appeals agreed, and reversed and dismissed the conviction. I give a lot of credit to the willingness of Appellant to pay attorney fees to appeal to circuit court then to the Arkansas Court of Appeals to fight a speeding ticket.