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It came to pass
that the little Village elected a new mayor and then a few more new trustees that just could not accept being accountable for their questionable actions. They started talking. A trustee said he didn't want to see chickens near his house. The mayor said to other chicken owners "we want to work with you." A trustee said to other chickens owners "you are not being cooperative." With no precident, the legal expert clerk wrote a spite law, acceptable to the mayor and board, banning practically all farm animals and some migratory birds from their agricultural rural village. This, they said, made sense because they didn't want to discriminate and have lawsuits. And, they said, it affected the one family that got permission from a previous mayor and board, and the family could no longer keep their chickens. Of course, even a child knows that a law cannot be written just because someone just doesn't like things the way they are. But, nevertheless, the officials pressed on with their efforts, thinking they could get away with it. But they were wrong. They thought there would be no resistance. But they were wrong - again. They faced a dilemma: who can we get to enforce the new law? Ah! Of course, there was the only law enforcement officer in the little village, the building inspector! So, they did the very same thing they feared and started a lawsuit. A ticket of violation of the new law was issued by Mr. Building Inspector, ignorant of his real position. The chickens, he may have thought, were not built properly. The local court, without proper charges or hearing, declared "guilty." They thought it would end there. But they were wrong - yet again. The owner of the chickens appealed to the County. Another ticket of violation was issued by Mr. Building Inspector saying "I know you still have your chickens and I know you don't have your appeal." Ignorant of many other things, he was wrong. Lawyers talked. The local judge said "it was a Village thing." The appeal was accepted by the County and overturned the lower court decision.