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Talking Your Way Out of a Ticket — Ultimate Fighter Edition

It all started when Mustafa Al Shakarji of Queensland, Australia, got a ticket for allegedly driving 88 kph (55 mph) in a 60 kph (37 mph) zone. Al Shakarji denies speeding and secretly recorded the exchange with police. Now, four years and five hearings later, he is still fighting the ticket and is preparing to take the matter to the Court of Appeal. Although he’s representing himself, his fight against the A$250 (US$180) ticket has cost him an estimated A$100,000 (US$71,000). “Even those closest to me, my family — they’ve said ‘why don’t you just pay it off?’” he says. Al Shakarji, though, is prepared to be the first Australian to take a speeding ticket to the High Court, and believes he will eventually win. “I am sure, 100 percent, finally justice will be served,” he said. (MS/Brisbane Courier-Mail) ...Justice may be blind, but she’s not poor.
Original Publication Date: 28 February 2016
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