Andrew Wordes, an American Hero
Have you ever heard of Andrew Wordes? Did you know he is an American hero? Unfortunately, Andrew is no longer with us to tell his story.
If you happened to read about him in the media, you probably didn’t give it much thought - just another never do well making trouble:
Wordes was enraptured in a number of legal problems with the city, from when he moved to the house 335 Alpine Drive in 2005. In 2009 the city cited him for raising livestock without a permit. His house later flooded, he was cited for various ordinance and traffic violations, 30 of his chickens and turkeys mysteriously died, he spent 90 days in jail, and eventually Wordes simply couldn’t keep up with the demand of resources his legal problems demanded of him.
This article in the Georgia Daily News leaves you thinking he simply refused to live within the law:
In 2009, Wordes fought city officials to let him keep his chickens in his yard. City officials ultimately denied his request.
The reality is much different.
From all accounts, he was just an average guy. He was loved by his neighbors and always willing to offer a helping hand. And he loved chickens. He loved them so much he decided to make his living raising them. He had an acre of land in Roswell, Georgia, where they were allowed by ordinance. Unfortunately, someone in the city government didn’t like the fact he had chickens in a residential neighborhood and brought him to court, where Mr. Wordes won. (You read that correctly. It was not a typo.) So they did it again—and the city lost again. One would think the story ended there, but sadly, it does not. The shameful truth is that Mr. Wordes was hounded beyond all imagining.
What follows is a story of government gone wild. The author of the article quoted below is no slouch himself. He is the managing editor of Musica Sacra the journal of the Church Music Association of America, and an adjunct faculty member at the Acton Institute, named for the British journalist Lord Acton who gave us the quote “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. How apropos.
Do you get the sense from this that Mr. Wordes was being targeted? Absolutely. And he knew it, too. The Roswell Police Department pulled him over constantly and issued as many tickets as possible for whatever reason, tangling him in more difficulties. Police cars would wait in front of his house and follow him. And when he didn’t cough up enough money (he was nearly bankrupt after all this), they would book him and throw him in jail. This happened on several occasions. Meanwhile, the city itself filed several more suits against him.
I wonder how many attorneys have contacted the family offering free representation in a suit against the city?
Hat tip: Martial Artist
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