A Sorrento police officer recently admitted that he never calibrated his
radar gun, leading to the dismissal of hundreds of speeding tickets.
In September 2013, and again in October 2013, Officer James Bell stated
that he "had not and did not" calibrate his radar gun. In light
of the officer's testimony, the prosecutor has been forced to
dismiss hundreds of speeding ticket cases, dating back to December 2012.
Authorities do not intend to re-open old cases in which the defendant has
paid the ticket, because paying the fine has the same legal effect as
pleading guilty. In such a case, there is no reason for the prosecutor
to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.