I am sure you’ve seen these signs posted before. Maybe you’ve even seen them in your neighborhood or you have one in your own front yard.
Wake Up America- a group dedicated to defending our liberties.
There is a family in Parker County who is being sued by their HOA to the tune of $7,000 for placing this very sign on a tree that is on the easement to their property.
Before I go any further let me address the immediate thought that likely came to mind when you just read ‘being sued by their HOA‘. When the homeowners, Clara and Johnnie Russell, purchased this property there was not a homeowners association in the sub-division in which they purchased their two acre lot. As a matter of fact, this was documented specifically by the realtor who sold the Russell’s this property, as well as by the developer and the title company.
Documented.You can view the real estate sales contract here.
Later, a voluntary homeowners association was acquired in their sub-division by a handful of residents. The Russell’s are not members of this voluntary program.
Mind you, there are neighbors in this sub-division who have signs on their property to support their child’s school, garage sales, etc. According to coverage on WFAA’s webiste about the Russell’s story, neighbors claim their motives for filing this lawsuit against the Russell’s had nothing to do with the message on the 912 sign, but rather in keeping the subdivision attractive.
Seems contradictory, doesn’t it. Selective, maybe?
Additionally, in the voluntary homeowners association there are statements that restrict homeowners from having specific animals, such as llamas, on their property. Would you be surprised if I told you there are neighbors in the sub-division who have llamas on their property?
What if I told you the judge handling this case, Justice of the Peace in Parker County Precinct 4, Judge Lynn Marie Johnson, is close friends with board members of the voluntary homeowners association. They are now back peddling to unfriend one another on Facebook and remove photos that imply and support there is a clear conflict of interest. Unfortunately for them, this is all documented.
On Monday, November 21, 2011, the Russell’s went to court to prove inability to pay this $7,000 lawsuit. Judge Lynn Marie Johnson is denying a reasonable bond amount so this case can go to the next level. She is also not allowing a Pauper’s oath in favor of the Russell’s, as they are unable to afford these fees. The Russell’s can not afford the bond designated to the case by Judge Lynn Marie Johnson, thus disabling the Russel’s from appealing the case.
The Justice of the Peace Courts were created to be The People’s Court. Is Judge Lynn Marie Johnson doing justice for the people? Or for her friends?
Further, why did the judge not see this is as a frivolous suit that has no damages and encourage some sort of mediation?
Why did Judge Lynn Marie Johnson not recuse herself from this case as there is clearly a conflict of interest?
Voting records indicate that Judge Lynn Marie Johnson’s voting history is Democrat. I wonder if she finds the Wake Up America sign offensive? Does she or does she not support limited government.
When Judge Lynn Marie Johnson made her press release to run for Justice of the Peace in 2010, she promised to:
It is important that the Justice of the Peace take into consideration the seriousness of the offense, the threat to the community, and sound legal principles before the bond is set.
The characteristics of good lawyering are the same as the characteristics of good judging–respect for people, respect for ideas, and respect for justice.
The Justice Court is commonly known as “The People’s Court” and it is her intent to see that the Court operates to quickly and fairly serve the community within the confines of the law.
Maybe you should just contact Judge Lynn Marie Johnson yourself and express your concerns.
Willow Park Place
5189 East I-20 Service Road North Suite 109
Willow Park, TX- 76087817-441-1071 (office)817-917-9993 (mobile)
You could also tune in to the Glenn Beck show on
Monday Tuesday (updated due to flight availability) to learn more about this story as the Russell’s will be guests on his show.
Wake Up America. Do you see the irony?