VIRGINIA’S GREEN EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
“CFACT readers have been following Virginia farmer Martha Boneta’s battle to protect her property rights against intrusion by the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) and other Green groups.
The PEC wants to prevent Boneta, you may recall, from engaging in such egregious practices as selling vegetables and throwing birthday parties on her farm.
To the Greens’ consternation, however, Martha Boneta is no pushover. She has fought for her right to farm by successfully inspiring legislative action. She has also resorted to the courts.
Imagine Martha’s surprise when Fauquier Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey W. Parker denied Martha her day in court against the PEC while permitting her case against neighboring landowners to go forward.
Senior policy analyst Bonner Cohen has details at CFACT.org:
“How impartial was Judge Parker? Months before the PEC case was even heard, Judge Parker proclaimed from the bench that he ‘didn’t believe the PEC was guilty of wrongdoing.’ This bizarre statement foreshadowed how Parker would rule when the case and the evidence were finally before him nearly a year later. For her part, Boneta plans to appeal the ruling and has separate suit pending against the PEC.”
The right to farm in freedom is what inspired a multitude to leave Europe and settle in America. Property rights are an essential American liberty that must be protected.
How much more difficult to secure our freedoms if we cannot look to the courts?
Reform is overdue.” from Craig Rucker at CFACT….