Philadelphia 'Live Stop' Law Under Fire: Lawyers Discuss and Take Viewer Calls on The American Law Journal TV Program 7:00 p.m. ET Monday, September 26 2011

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There are some unhappy drivers in Philadelphia, left sitting by the side of the road watching their car being towed away after they’re stopped without valid license or registration. Philadelphia's 'Live Stop' traffic enforcement statute is being challenged with a class action lawsuit, alleging police aren’t following the law's procedures, impounding cars and leaving drivers stranded.

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Philadelphia drivers without valid drivers license or registration could find their cars towed and impounded under the Philadelphia 'Live Stop' statute

Dozens of ‘Live-Stopped’ drivers, claiming unlawful procedures, have signed on to the class action against the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Parking Authority.

It's late at night in Philadelphia. A driver is traveling through in an unfamiliar neighborhood and is stopped by police. "License and registration" says the officer. The driver hands them over. One or the other isn't updated or they've been renewed but the officer's computer doesn't display that information. This is 'Live Stop,' and without valid, current documents the driver's car is towed, impounded, and - driver and passengers may be left on the curb.

Monday, September 26, 2011 live at 7:00 p.m. on the Philadelphia CNN-News affiliate WFMZ-TV 69 and streaming on, The American Law Journal presents “‘Curb’ Your Enthusiasm: Philadelphia’s ‘Live Stop’ Law.” Joining host and former New Jersey prosecutor Christopher Naughton is former Assistant U.S. Attorney Fred Tecce now of the law firm McShea Tecce, Philadelphia attorney Stephen Sheller of Sheller, P.C., and Philadelphia Daily News columnist Ronnie Polaneczky.

Sheller is pursuing a class action lawsuit against the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Parking Authority on behalf of drivers who've experienced 'Live Stop' with subsequent towing, impoundment, and no transportation. While driving in an unfamiliar part of Philadelphia, Sheller’s daughter was stopped without proof of registration. The car was impounded and she and her fiancee were left streetside at night. Following the incident dozens of ‘Live-Stopped’ drivers, claiming unlawful procedures, signed on to the class action.

In the second half-hour of the program, from 7:30-8:00 p.m. streaming online only, Naughton and Tecce are joined by former Pennsylvania State Trooper and Whitehall Police Chief Ted Kohuth and criminal defense attorney John Waldron of Huber and Waldron. The panel discusses cameras, the police and citizens’ rights including a recent Third Circuit case about an individual turning the video camera on law enforcement. The program streams only on Monday, September 26 at 7:30pm, but is being taped for broadcast in its entirety on WFMZ-TV on October 31, 2011.

Viewers are invited to call during both programs and ask the attorney panelists questions. The 1-800 number to call will be displayed onscreen during the broadcast.

The American Law Journal

The American Law Journal is the weekly talk-feature program airing on the CNN News affiliate in Philadelphia, WFMZ-TV 69. On the air for over twenty years, lawyers, judges, law professors, elected officials and former New Jersey prosecutor and moderator Christopher Naughton discuss consumer, business and Constitutional issues.

Watch the American Law Journal Monday nights at 7:00pm Eastern on WFMZ-TV 69, view archived programming and “Find a Lawyer” information on

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