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On a sunny afternoon last month, Jessica Barron and Kenny Wylie were startled to hear a knock on the door of their home on a quiet street in Granite City, Illinois, a suburb of St. Louis. The knock quickly turned into pounding and a call: “Police, open up!” Adrenaline rushing, they told their kids to go to their rooms, and then went to the door to find a group of police officers standing on their porch. The officers were there to serve an eviction notice—not an eviction notice from their landlord (who knew nothing about it), but an eviction notice from the city. Under a city ordinance, the notice said, Jessica and Kenny’s family had to be evicted immediately because a member of their “household”—actually a teenage friend of their son who stayed with them sometimes—had committed a crime.

Faced with the imminent threat of eviction for a crime they did not commit, Jessica and Kenny, along with their landlord Bill Campbell, decided to fight back. Partnering with the Institute for Justice (IJ), they today filed a federal lawsuit challenging Granite City’s compulsory-eviction ordinance, which allows police to force landlords to evict an entire household after anyone who has stayed in the house—even a house guest—commits a crime.

 

They took in a friend of their kid, who stole from them, stole from a neighbor, and was eventually caught stealing from a local restaurant.

Another article on the topic
 

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If Barron and Wylie are evicted, they will lose their property interest in the home and will have to find somewhere else where they and their children can live, which may be difficult in light of the eviction. "They do not own or rent any other property," the complaint says. "If they are kicked out of their home, they are not sure where they would go. They do not have the resources to immediately rent another property. They would likely need to rely on charity from family to avoid rendering themselves and their children homeless."

Campbell, meanwhile, considers Barron and Wylie good tenants, is happy with their arrangement, and would like it to continue. If the city forces him to evict them, that process will cost money, as will the effort to find new tenants, and he will lose rental income in the meantime.

Given these costs, the Institute for Justice argues,  Granite City is depriving Barron, Wylie, and Campbell of their property without due process or just compensation. The lawsuit also describes three equal protection violations: The city is arbitrarily treating residents who have rent-to-own contracts differently from residents who have mortgages or own their homes outright; arbitrarily treating Campbell differently from all the other landlords in Granite City, who unlike him are free to accept Barron and Wylie as tenants; and arbitrarily treating Barron and Wylie differently from "everyone else in the world (except for Jason Lynch)," who, like the couple, "have no responsibility for Jason Lynch's crime." These distinctions cannot survive "any level of scrutiny," the complaint says.

 

I hope the nutjob libertarians at IJ win in court again.

 

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When Lakisha’s boyfriend showed up at her apartment one night and became violent, her daughter called 9-1-1. After the police arrived, they told Lakisha that they were tired of responding to her calls about domestic disturbances and that if there were more police calls her landlord would have to evict her based on a local law in effect in her community of Norristown, Pennsylvania. Shortly thereafter Lakisha broke up with her boyfriend. However he came to her apartment and attacked her, and an unknown person called the police. The City then informed Lakisha and her landlord that additional calls to the police would require removing her and her young daughter from their home. Because of this threat, when Lakisha’s now ex-boyfriend returned yet again to her apartment she was scared to call the police for assistance to get him to leave. Lakisha’s ex-boyfriend ended up stabbing her and sending her to the hospital. Although Lakisha was too fearful to seek police help in that moment, a neighbor ended up calling the police. The City instructed Lakisha’s landlord to remove her from the property. When her landlord was unable to evict her, the City threatened to force her out itself

https://www.povertylaw.org/files/docs/cost-of-being-crime-free.pdf

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4 hours ago, Repastinate Tom said:

Collective Punishment
 

They took in a friend of their kid, who stole from them, stole from a neighbor, and was eventually caught stealing from a local restaurant.

Another article on the topic
 

I hope the nutjob libertarians at IJ win in court again.

 

That is some fucked up shit and I don't know how they think that will pass muster. 

Then again, the Mayor is a 'compassionate christian' and a KofC, so there's that.

Mayor Ed Hagnauer


Ed HagnauerEdward (Ed) A. Hagnauer was elected as the mayor for the City of Granite City in April, 2005 after serving as the Fire Chief for three years. A lifelong resident of Granite City, Ed was raised in East Granite and attended Holy Family Catholic School as a child. Ed played soccer during one of the first years of the Granite City High School soccer program among other sports. 

Following high school, Ed married his high school sweetheart, Paula Patton in 1971. Shortly thereafter, he joined the fire department on which he served for nearly 30 years. He served as Union President for 12 years during that time. In 1998, Mayor Hagnauer was elected to the County Board and served there until 2004, winning two separate bids for re-election in 2002 and 2004.

Despite his busy schedule over the years, Ed put a high priority on his family, having one daughter (Jennifer) who is now married with two daughters of her own (Taylor & Madison). 

When he is not either at work or with his family, Ed volunteers much of his time to a multitude of organizations and is an active member in several others. The following list details a few of his extracurricular activities.


    • Organizer of the Downtown Neighborhood Watch Group
    • Serves as aide in organizing other Neighborhood Watch Groups
    • Served on the Board of Directors for United Way
    • Serves on the Board of Directors for Coordinated Youth and Family Services 
    • Serves as the Governor’s appointee on the Board of Directors for the Tri-City Port District  
    • Member of the Granite City Knights of Columbus 
    • Member of the SW Council of Mayors 
    • Member of the Illinois Municipal League 
    • Member of Metro Mayors Organization 
    • Member of Lincoln Place Historic Group 
    • Member of Eagles FOE 

No matter what Ed has done in his life, he has been dedicated and determined to do it to the best of his ability, and serving as Mayor for Granite City will be no different.

 

 

 

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I would think the law only applying to renters would be a fatal flaw in the courts, if nothing else. It's a fair guess to say that if this law, when proposed, had also applied to home owners it would have been DOA.

     

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On 8/3/2019 at 3:19 PM, Mark K said:

I would think the law only applying to renters would be a fatal flaw in the courts, if nothing else. It's a fair guess to say that if this law, when proposed, had also applied to home owners it would have been DOA.

     

The owner of the rental property, Mr. Campbell, is affected. He can't continue renting to tenants he wants to keep. Tenants to whom any other home owner can rent.

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the Institute for Justice argues,  Granite City is depriving Barron, Wylie, and Campbell of their property without due process or just compensation.

 

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On 8/3/2019 at 11:21 AM, MR.CLEAN said:

That is some fucked up shit and I don't know how they think that will pass muster. 

Possibly because these rules are widespread?

On 8/3/2019 at 11:21 AM, MR.CLEAN said:

Then again, the Mayor is a 'compassionate christian' and a KofC, so there's that.

Who was Mayor of Norristown, PA when the article Meli posted was written?

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