Everyone has a right to their opinions and I always assumed that the truth would eventually come out.
However, Fred Deering's comments here (Reader forum, Dec. 19) lead me to believe that he has never read the recent Ohio Supreme Court decision or has other motives. Metroparks' own title work showed they did not own the Greenway but they litigated anyway. Deering and others have asserted for years that every court decision has been in Metroparks' favor. They claim that prior decisions granted Metroparks ownership for the entire 6.5 mile Greenway.
The Ohio Supreme Court found this twisted legal fabrication "ignores the trial court and court of appeals judgments ... Although the focus of the (earlier) cases was on the leased property, ... the (trial) court ultimately (found) in favor of (the adjacent property owners) by holding that the board had no property interest in the land .... That judgment was not modified by the subsequent (court) proceedings. The board does not really dispute this; ... " (Full opinion at: sconet.state.oh.us/rod/newpdf/0/2007/2007-ohio-6057.pdf)
You don't lease something if you claim you already own it.
Metroparks' aggressive approach has wasted hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars while at the same time depriving my clients of their rightful use and ownership of their own property. Some of my clients have endured destruction to their property while others have been threatened and convicted of trespassing on their own property. All of my clients have been demonized, ridiculed and put in physical and financial peril because of Metroparks' aggressiveness.
I don't dispute the value and benefits of public parks but if the public wants the Greenway then the public as a whole should pay for it and not just those property owners who can be financially ruined or bullied by Metroparks' rangers at gunpoint.
The author is the lawyer for several of the neighboring property owners opposing the Greenway.