Suppose you consider yourself to be at risk for activist groups (such as SEIU, ACORN, etc.) entering your premises. What should you do?
Suppose you consider yourself to be at risk for activist groups (such as SEIU, ACORN, etc.) entering your premises (as they just recently did in invading the property of a lawyer for Bank of America in Maryland-- and-- under police "escort" provided by D.C. police). What should you do to maximize your ability to use the law effectively against such mob?
In most jurisdictions, the absence of a no-trespass sign on private property leaves undisturbed an implied invitation for strangers to come onto the property for a not-unlawful-purpose. Under such circumstances, in order for such presence to become criminal trespass, such person must refuse to promptly leave the premises after being instructed to do so by the lawful owner. Thus, a homeowner having reason to think that his/her residence might be targeted for a "demonstration" by a mob (such as the mob of SEIU thugs/goons in the event described above) should consider taking steps to revoke such implied invitation so that (a) at the moment such thugs enter onto the premises, such entry constitutes a criminal trespass and (b) any police "escort" that is serving to "facilitate" such action would establish such action by such police as the criminal aiding and abetting of criminal trespass.
How to accomplish this? Post a suitable "No Trespassing" sign. Such sign should reinforce the implied permission for normal people to enter the premises but make it clear no such permission exists for others. Example: "Friends, Relatives, Neighbors & lawfully licensed couriers are welcome but for anyone else: NO TRESPASSING."
Having such sign would obviate the need for the ower of a private residence to go outside to "revoke" the implied permission for an SEIU-type mob that has entered onto the premises. Under such circumstances, for police to escort such thugs onto private property across such "No Trespassing" sign would put the police at risk of being criminally liable for aiding and abetting criminal trespass and potentially civilly liable (under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983) for conspiring with such trespassers to violate the civil rights (including private property rights) of the homeowner.
It's time for normal people to stop tolerating abnormal behavior as though it were normal.
Jim is a proud descendant of 18th Century criminal exiles from England who swam to the Outer Banks when the British ship taking them to a Georgia penal colony sank in a storm near Cape Hatteras. Having the prescience to prevent their descendants from becoming "TarHeels," they immediately migrated to Virginia, where, within just a few generations they worked their way up into poverty. Jim's grandfather was the first in the family tree to see the distant horizons, but his career was cut short by severe injuries he sustained when a cousin cut down the tree.
After a brief stint in the Amry (ours) following graduation from law school, he began his legal career in the state bureaucracy but was never able to break into the federal bureaucracy. Several years later, he entered the private practice of law and co-founded a small law publishing company. Later, finding the publishing of small laws unstimulating and finding his private practice too private to be lucrative, he began writing political satire/commentary. His greatest vice is taking himself too seriously.
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