BEING a Concealed Weapon
Saturday at 2pm
In this address on “BEING a Concealed Weapon” at our convention in August, John will share the lessons of his own legal battles with the Alabama Department of Transportation. Having been evicted from his home by the State of Alabama just before Christmas in 1998 under the threat of being fined $10,000.00 per day on the premise that the state intended to immediately raze the property in order to build a road; John later discovered that construction workers employed by the Alabama Department of Transportation had been living in his home for seven months - while John and his wife Theresa still held the title and were expected to pay taxes on the same property.
In a protracted court battle regarding an abuse of eminent domain which first reached the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court in 2005, within months of their infamous decision in “Kelo vs. New London”; John and Theresa were initially vindicated with a UNANIMOUS decision in which the Supreme Court issued a Writ of Certiorari, ordering a reconsideration of the case by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, Eastern Division. Strangely, when this lower court refused to reconsider its position the U.S. Supreme Court not only refused to sanction the lower court’s impudence but even reversed its own, previously, UNANIMOUSLY issued position in favor of John and Theresa with no explanation.
Please be sure to attend John’s lecture on “BEING a Concealed Weapon” at the Libertarian Party of North Carolina’s 2017 Convention to learn more about the details of John's case and its implications for the protection of our rights of property (…or the lack thereof).
John Sophocleus has taught economics at Clemson and Auburn Universities and is an adjunct faculty member of the MISES Institute.
In 2002, the Libertarian Party of Alabama nominated John to challenge then Democratic Governor Don Siegelman and Republican Bob Riley. Recognizing the limitations of his campaign, John set his sights on winning a greater number of votes than the difference between those cast for Siegelman and Riley. When John ultimately won more than ten times that number, the New York Times observed, “The only reason the governor's race in Alabama was so close this year as to be disputed beyond election night was that the Libertarian candidate, John Sophocleus, attracted 23,272 votes.”