Monday, January 22, 2007

The Augusta County fence case

In one of last week's opinions, Cline v. Berg, the Supreme Court ruled that the fellow who complained about the big white fence shown in this picture was barred by the doctrine of "unclean hands" from obtaining relief against the fence, since his own acts are what caused the fenced to be erected. The Court in an opinion by Justice Kinser reversed the injunction entered by Augusta County Circuit Judge Thomas Wood. (I like Judge Wood, and I suspect he did the best he could have, who would have thought "unclean hands"?) The picture of the fence comes from this article in the Staunton paper, which discusses the decision.

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