In the state's response to the supreme court, AG Mike Hunter tells the high court that Gubernatorial candidate, Gary Richardson should not be allowed to challenge whether the half billion dollars in new taxes, ... get this...
Because he currently does not owe the taxes, personally.
This unprecedented action to raise over a half billion dollars in revenue in ways that violate no less than 3 constitutional mandates; is being challenged for the sake of each and every current and future resident of the state.
But Hunter; with a straight face; says that only a person who buys a car can then file a court challenge to the unconstitutional taxes.
Never mind that the state will impound that car before the court can even hear the oral arguments. The impounding will happen with 30 days after the sale, because the temporary tag will then expire, making it illegal to even park the car in the driveway.
Defiant Oklahomans may revolt and not pay the additional tax, but tag agencies will refuse to issue the plates unless every dime is collected. This would result in police confiscations and citations which are not constitutional. The Oklahoma Supreme Court is setting up a potential crisis by not granting the stay.
- Justice Colbert recused himself from the court in this matter. We are seeking further explanation.
- Justice Edmondson agreed with Richardson's request for a stay. Seven others opposed the stay.
- Jerry Fent added his support to the Richardson cases. He formally added his name to the suits.