Property Rights

Man Fined $500 from "Frail Window Glass"

Posted December 24th, 2012 by snowdog2012
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"I was just chasing a parrot" said 29 year old salesman who was trying to catch an escaped parakeet flapping around inside his office. Leaning on "frail glass" he ended up plummeting towards the road below and onto a rental car when the window smashed.

I was not at fault. It was an accident. The glass in the window was made from poor material.

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The Battlefront in the Front Yard

Posted December 20th, 2012 by Jking8767
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Gardeners aren’t generally known for their civil disobedience, yet in the last couple of years several have run afoul of local officials for tending vegetables in their front yards. In Ferguson, Mo., a stay-at-home father was ordered to dig up his 55 varieties of edible plants. In Tulsa, Okla., a gardener who didn’t want to remove her veggies and medicinal herbs saw them largely cleared by the city.

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Ninth Circuit Gives the A-OK For Warrantless Home Video Surveillance

Posted November 30th, 2012 by phonon
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Can law enforcement enter your house and use a secret video camera to record the intimate details inside? On Tuesday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unfortunately answered that question with "yes."

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A New Hampshire woman has called the cops on the Salvation Army.

Her complaint? Loud bell-ringing. "My customers complain about it," she tells ABC News. "They ask me how I possibly can stand it." In fact, she cannot. She has to wear ear plugs in the store to keep her sanity, but even those can't keep out the noise of the four people outside, standing alongside one of the Army's signature red pots, lustily clanging away.

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Code Enforcement Crackdown of CrossFitters on Their Own Property

Posted November 13th, 2012 by csmith71
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A man was cited by city code enforcement for doing CrossFit in his driveway with his wife. He ended up with 2 fines at $250 each, plus $1,000 in attorney fees.

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Restoring the right to defend your home in the UK.

Posted October 9th, 2012 by alisium
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Frightened householders who over-react when confronted by burglars will get more protection under government plans, the new Justice Secretary will say on Tuesday.

Chris Grayling plans to change the law to ensure even householders who react in a way that may seem disproportionate in the cold light of day will be protected from prosecution.

It comes after Britain's most senior judge reinforced the notion that a person's home is their castle, saying furious householders have the right to get rid of burglars in their homes and are not expected to remain calm when confronted by intruders.

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Clover Korean War vet gets 30 days in jail for junk on property

Johnny Ramsey, the 79-year-old Korean War veteran who collected and sold junk to pay for medications for his ailing wife, said just minutes before court Thursday evening: “If I have to go to jail, I guess I am ready.” An hour later, Ramsey left a Clover courtroom in shackles – sentenced to 30 days in the York County jail for not cleaning up his yard eight months after a judge ordered him to get rid of the junk.

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"Biggest outdoor marijuana bust" turns out to be daisies

Posted October 4th, 2012 by phonon
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Police still won’t admit the plants they seized in what was supposedly the biggest outdoor marijuana bust in Lethbridge history are plain old flowers — daisies, to be precise. All police will concede at this point is the 1,624 plants torn from a suburban Lethbridge garden on July 30 isn’t marijuana, as first claimed after a phalanx of police marched in and starting plucking. “This is a significant bust, given the size of this operation,” is how a senior officer put it at the time, while proudly displaying garbage bags full of the dastardly daises.

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$7M Gold found in dead man's home; Gov't takes $750K

Walter Samaszko Jr, 69, died at his home in Carson City, Nev., with $200 in a bank account, but as officials later discovered, he had about $7 million stored neatly around his home. According to the coroner, Samaszko had been dead for at least a month, dying of heart problems. Cleanup crews found boxes of gold in the garage, at which point, "we took the house apart,” said Carson City clerk-recorder Alan Glover. As for who can lay claim to the riches -- Glover said the IRS will take $750,000 -- and that the rest will likely go to a first cousin.

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Life Without Parole for Loaning Car

Posted September 1st, 2012 by mport1
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Ryan Holle received life without parole for loaning his car to a roommate who then took the car and committed a murder. Ryan did not know a murder was going to occur and was home sleeping when it did.

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