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Nevada Man Sues DMV over 'GoPalin' License Plate Denials

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(CARSON CITY, Nev.) -- A Nevada man has filed a lawsuit against his state’s Department of Motor Vehicles, claiming his rights were violated when the agency repeatedly denied his requests for a personalized license plate that supports Sarah Palin.

James Linlor states in a July 15 complaint that he requested a license plate of "GOPALIN" in 2009 and 2010 and was denied both times.  Linlor claims he tried again in 2010, requesting "PALIN," "PALIN12" or "PALIN16" on a license plate and was again rejected by the DMV, which deemed the requests too political and, because of it, violated departmental policy.

According to the lawsuit, an administrative judge later reversed the DMV's rejection of Linlor's request for "PALIN," "PALIN12" or "PALIN16."  The lawsuit states that despite the judge’s ruling, the DMV again denied Linlor's request for a "GOPALIN" license plate.

According to his complaint, Linlor discovered that the DMV had approved and issued other license plates with political ties, including "GOGREEN," "DMOCRAT," "AL GORE," "HILLARY" and "RONPAUL," while rejecting requests for "REPBLCN" and "BUSH."  Linlor claims when he applied for a "GO OBAMA" plate, the DMV approved it.

Bruce Breslow, director of the Nevada DMV, tells the Las Vegas Sun he’s not sure why Linlow filed the lawsuit this month because his "GOPALIN" plate was issued on December 30, 2010.  He also notes he wasn't the DMV director when Linlor filed his requests.

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