Sunday, June 21, 2009

VIRGINIA CITIZENS BEING FINED FOR SEEKING TO UNSEAT FOR SUPERVISORS

WAVY, VA - Dozens of Gloucester County residents face a hefty fine after petitioning to unseat four of their supervisors. "It's, as far as I know, unprecedented for a court to punish somebody for exercising their right to petition the government for redress of grievances. We all have that. It's in the Bill of Rights," says Steven Emmert. Emmert is the attorney for the 40 Gloucester County residents who petitioned to have four of their supervisors removed including Teresa Altemus, Michelle Ressler, Bobby Crewe, and Gregory Woodard. "The citizens all felt it was appropriate to remove the representatives of their body, because they lost confidence in them."

Some of the 40 residents rallied outside the courthouse during a 2008 hearing, upset the four supervisors were indicted for allegedly conducting county business in private. However, the charges and petition against the supervisors were withdrawn and recently, the judge ruled the residents had to pay $2,000 a piece for misusing the judicial process for political gain.
"The effect of the trial courts ruling is that you can petition the government but you better be right or else you'll have to pay.". . .

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