The State Assaults Man For Shingling His Own Home Without Permission

Because you are simply too dumb to know what is best for yourself.

KEYC reports:

The shingles that Andrew Espey put up two years ago are holding up well, but the legal battle that came with them is far from over.

It all started when Espey decided to re–shingle his roof after discovering a leak.

Espey says, “The building inspector came along and told me I couldn’t do it. He told me I had to quit and take off the shingles and start over because they have a code.”

A Minnesota state residential code says that new asphalt shingles cannot be installed without first removing exist shingles, and on one section of the roof Espey was installing new shingles over the old.

Espey says, “They didn’t tell me I couldn’t overlay shingles when I got my permit…I didn’t even know they had such a code.”

The city served him a stop work order, but he ignored it and finished the job.

Espey says, “I was kind of getting disturbed a little bit, somebody telling me what I can do on my home.”

Nevertheless, on March of last year he was found guilty of four counts of violating building code and two counts of violating a stop work order, fined over $2000 and sentenced to 90 days in jail, 60 with good behavior.

Espey says, “60 days for working on a house and a drunk can drive down the highway and get a lot less.”

I have to wonder what kind of crack the jury was smoking.  I think the judge, jury, police, and prosecutors who locked Mr. Espey up should be behind bars.

Just to be clear, tax paying citizens of Minnesota are paying thousands of dollars to prosecute and imprison a man for putting shingles on his own home.

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  • Femail

    are you surprised?  you have allowed this “government” to grope you at the airport, raid the social security trust, and allow untold numbers of “illegals” to enter this country for over 25 years……..and you all are surprised!?

    DUHHHHH!  When you are ready to fight, let me know.  I am done giving money or trying to “legislate” this countries ills away. Let me know where to be when the fighting starts.

  • Anonymous

    While I don’t agree with building codes and permits, a jury is only allowed to rule on evidence and is given a clear definition of the law.  If this man violated said laws, the jury must find him guilty, no matter their personal beliefs.

    • Mbzastava

      “If this man violated said laws, the jury must find him guilty,”

      this is absolutely not true! You obviously don’t know about Jury Nullification http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jury_nullification

      WE THE PEOPLE CAN LEGISLATE!

    • Hawkstr

      what business is it of the city to tell you how to work on YOUR OWN HOME

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDY2CHWBFZN2H5TX6SQVVWLFJM I Know

    Limiting juries moral discretion is an attack on the American people . imho.

  • Anonymous

    this is when we need vigilantes to kill all involved

  • Stealthc

    I think so too, DOWN WITH THE STATE!  UP WITH LOCAL COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT.  ALSO, strip them of their power to regulate us individuals to death otherwise we are only being served up fascist dictatorship, which is the real label for modern day democracy.

  • Lazybones

    Can’t you all see we are living well into the last days of this system of things, another words man has destroyed all these things and will assault you when they want with all their thought up laws. The God of this world will soon shake some sense into a lot of folks and put a stop to all these injustices. Mathew 24:14 14 And this good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations; and then the end will come. We my people are in this time period! And this good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations; and then the end will come. We my people are in this time period!

  • Lazybones

    Can’t you all see we are living well into the last days of this system of things, another words man has destroyed all these things and will assault you when they want with all their thought up laws. The God of this world will soon shake some sense into a lot of folks and put a stop to all these injustices. Mathew 24:14 14 And this good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations; and then the end will come. We my people are in this time period! And this good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations; and then the end will come. We my people are in this time period!

  • gMantis

    I don’t know about other states,but I absolutely know 1 thing about Californica: either all 4 roofing contractors I contacted for a 10 minute leak repair are ALL operating illegally, or the State permits roofing contractors to charge a MINIMUM of ~$400.00. That is to simply step onto your roof…”that’ll be $400 dollars, sir”…now, how can I help you?

    I prefer to think the latter is correct. You can spout off all you want about laws and violations and juries, but at least this guy isn’t letting his house go to the rats…he’s handling it!  If his roof leaks, then he’ll probably rip it up and do it again and eventually he’ll get it right.

    Policies are killing our freedom folks! There’s a policy for a policy’s policy. Remove the Y and add and E and what do you have? I echo Femail’s last sentence. 

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    no building permit?

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    He’s probably vexed. But if that’s what the code says, then it should be followed. He should’ve asked some experts before he renovated his roof! There are probably many roofing contractors who could do the job.

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