Friday, February 19, 2016

Wellsville: Response to Burrous Building story UPDATED

This is from an email we received Friday morning (2/19/16):
This was printed in the Sunday Spectator on February 8, 2015, then again on February 22, 2015 and not a word has been disputed by anyone.
Then on May 14, 2015 we posted a letter to the editor.
We have no knowledge of this supposed court petition to take title and neither does our attorney.
The U.S. Constitution supports and covers a legally defined area known as “Due Process".

Due Process is defined as: 
“ n. a fundamental principle of fairness in all legal matters, both civil and criminal, especially in the courts. All legal procedures set by statute and court practice, including notice of rights, must be followed for each individual so that no prejudicial or unequal treatment will result. While somewhat indefinite, the term can be gauged by its aim to safeguard both private and public rights against unfairness. The universal guarantee of due process is in the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which provides "No person shall…be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law," and is applied to all states by the 14th Amendment. From this basic principle flows many legal decisions determining both procedural and substantive rights. 

Apparently we were obviously denied that basic legal right, as our rights were certainly violated.
We are U.S. Citizens with upstanding character and no criminal record. Even criminals are afforded some legal representation. It is a travesty and miscarriage of justice that any competent judge sitting on the supreme court bench would allow or permit a legal hearing of any kind to proceed and be heard, let alone render a judgment of this magnitude and severity, without both sides present and litigating before him in court. We are outraged and aggrieved. I can tell you that this is far from over, with certain action of a lawsuit and counterclaim to follow.
I have an understanding that there are three sides to every story. Usually, two opposing sides; genuine issues of fact, and what really happened.
Angela Jones
Partner WNYDA
Original press release from the village of Wellsville is HERE.
Housing official critical of Burrous plan, click HERE.