OMT One Man's Trash...from Norman Leahy

Friday, March 17, 2006 :::

Assert Your Rights, Get Sued

A local government seeks punitive damages against a resident who asserts her property rights:

The town of Saltville, population 2,200, has filed a $687,760 lawsuit against Shirley Ann "Sissy" Bailey of nearby Glade Spring, asserting that the woman's strenuous protest of the town's plan to turn an abandoned railroad track into a hiking trail has crossed the line from opposition to unlawful and belligerent interference.

Town officials said they filed the lawsuit for fear that the opposition from the 51-year-old Bailey and more than a dozen other landowners could turn violent. The lawsuit seeks $337,760 in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages.

That will be a fun case to make to a jury.

::: posted by Norman Leahy at 3/17/2006 0 comments


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