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Michigan Tree Case

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Post by Chilidog » Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:55 pm

I’m posing this here because this is one of those test cases that the right wing keeps throwing up to try to cripple local control over property development.

https://www.mrctv.org/blog/michigan-bro ... pTiRFIMwxs

Last year, Canton Township, Michigan residents, Gary and Matt Percy were attacked by the government, slammed with an astronomical $450,000 fine for simply cutting trees on their own land. The government told them they couldn’t cut the trees to start a Christmas tree farm because, of course, the brothers hadn’t gotten the proper “permits.”

In other words, they hadn’t gone to their feudal lords and received “permission” to control their own land.

The Percys brought the matter to court, citing a farming exemption, and, according to Nate Madden of The Blaze, the case is still pending.

But the brothers are not stopping there.

They are now working with the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) to sue the government for harassment on First Amendment grounds.
as you can see, the article is highly biased and skewed toward the anti-government position.

its also inaccurate, based on this

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/ ... 125426002/



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Re: Michigan Tree Case.

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Post by tek » Tue Jun 18, 2019 5:52 am

If I read that correctly, they bought the property knowing full well that the tree-cutting restriction existed, and now they are arguing that this restriction is an unlawful taking?


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Re: Michigan Tree Case.

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Post by Chilidog » Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:37 am

LOL, yeah. That was my take on it as well.

Then, when they started to fight the fines, the township started looking at code issues on their other properties and found that they neglected to get permits for all sorts of stuff.



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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:34 am

Chilidog wrote:
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:37 am
LOL, yeah. That was my take on it as well.

Then, when they started to fight the fines, the township started looking at code issues on their other properties and found that they neglected to get permits for all sorts of stuff.
Which they are whining is a free speech violation.



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Re: Michigan Tree Case

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Post by RoadScholar » Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:00 pm

Of course... because money = speech, and it's going to cost them money!


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