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Published September 02, 2010, 02:06 PM

Man at center of traffic ticket tiff loses case

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A jury has ruled against a Grand Forks man who went before the North Dakota Supreme Court to win the right to take his $20 traffic ticket to trial.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A jury has ruled against a Grand Forks man who went before the North Dakota Supreme Court to win the right to take his $20 traffic ticket to trial.

The Grand Forks Herald says jurors found that an officer was justified in citing Roland Riemers in a July 2009 crash in Grand Forks.

The 67-year-old Riemers said he fought the ticket after learning the other motorist's insurance would not cover his medical bills or the damage to his vehicle because he was considered at fault.

Riemers took the case to the state Supreme Court after a municipal judge denied his request for a jury trial. North Dakota justices ruled that Riemers and anyone else with such a traffic citation have the right to a jury trial in state district court.

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