A small town is being sued by its residents after they faced massive fines and were threatened with jail time for cracked driveways, improperly stack firewood, and overgrown vegetation.
Doraville, GA – A city has been named as a defendant in a lawsuit from residents who claim that they have received tickets and have even been threatened with arrest and sentenced to court-ordered probation for the crime of having a cracked driveway, chipped paint on their houses, and overgrown vegetation or improperly stacked firewood in their yards.
Hilda Brucker, a 25-year-resident of Doraville, said she was placed on criminal probation for "Rotted wood on house and chipping paint on fascia boards," "High weeds in backyard and ivy on tree and vines on house," and a "Driveway in a state of disrepair," according to the lawsuit against the city.
The town is being accused of setting up its own court with the city attorney acting as prosecutor and judge. Code enforcement officials, in conjunction with local law enforcement fine residents for such infractions. In essence, the town has transformed itself into a giant homeowners' association where the only major difference is that the town has the power to place code violators in jail.