McDaniel:Photo of State Supreme Court Judges Inspires High Anxiety | Word on the Street
by Douglas McDaniel
Sep 09, 2007 | 316 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Word on the street is the town doesn’t have as good of a case as it believed, or, at least, what it has been saying it believed, regarding its upcoming defense of the Valley Floor condemnation in Colorado Supreme Court.

Nobody, of course, is claiming to be an expert on these things, except for those folks who decline any comment about it. This definitely is rocket science, a “thems that know ain’t saying” situation, and the only thing left to do now is to somehow handle whatever level of anxiety you might be feeling right now by knowing that the history of Telluride in the 21st century is up to a bunch of people who don’t look like they have been outdoors recently.

The nuts and bolts of this is the Colorado Supreme Court will decide on the appeal of the condemnation of the 570-acre Valley Floor filed by the San Miguel Valley Corporation this fall and going into the winter. So far, only the sparring has begun. The SMVC has filed a brief, which is 48 pages long and basically explains that the town has been bad, very very bad, in committing an extra territorial affair.

Any further explanation of the document would only be an act of futility, lies and creative conceit. For the secret science of the law, I suppose everyone should be glad that the state pays for expert judges to hash this all out. However, when there is so much legal chicanery to digest, one can really only be left with a profound sense of distrust.

Until the town files its own brief right back, of course it’s not going to look very good for the town. The town needs to respond to this 48-page SMVC document with a 49-page document of its own, then longer and longer briefs get filed. Finally, by the end of September or so, a Valley Floor’s worth of trees will be needed to have produced all of the paper that will have crossed the various desks, in quadruplicate, I suppose, and then the oral arguments begin.

These extended debates will, of course, need to be rendered to hard copy, too.

It’s a bad sign, yes, when the whole process indicates anything but activities relating to preservation, conservation, etc.

For the record, the justices are Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey, Justice Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr., Justice Alex J. Martinez, Justice Michael L. Bender, Justice Nancy E. Rice, Justice Nathan B. Coats, and Justice Alison Eid. A glance at their photograph on the Colorado Supreme Court web site will not inspire a great deal of hope.

They look like people who need a vacation.

Unless you can imagine them wearing parkas with water packs on their backs, big goggles over their eyes, it looks safe to say these judges are people who aren’t very sympathetic to prairie dogs.

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