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Kentucky's 'Smokin' Granny' beats $56 ticket over decked-out van

BELVIDERE, N.J. (AP) - The Kentucky woman nicknamed the "Smokin' Granny" whose van is plastered with political signs and trinkets has won a costly fight to have a $56 traffic ticket tossed in New Jersey.

A New Jersey judge Tuesday said she wouldn't want her grandchildren walking behind Lynda Farley's so-called Liberty Van because of its blind spots and lack of view out the rearview mirror.

But the judge said a string of flowers bordering the windshield hadn't unduly interfered with Farley's vision and threw out the obstructed-view citation.

Farley lives in Edmonton, Ky. She was ticketed heading home last year from New York's Sept. 11 commemoration.

She made the 800-mile drive back to northwestern New Jersey several times to fight the fine.

She tells the Easton, Pa., newspaper The Express-Times it was worth it to protect her free-speech rights.


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