Natrona County, Ed Corrigan head back to court

Messy property has not been cleaned
2010-09-14T00:30:00Z Natrona County, Ed Corrigan head back to courtBy TOM MORTON - Star-Tribune staff writer Casper Star-Tribune Online
September 14, 2010 12:30 am  • 

The owner of property east of Casper, who was fined $143,840 in May for multiple and long-standing health and safety code violations, has neither paid the fine nor cleaned his lot.

So Ed Corrigan will need to answer for his noncompliance at a court hearing set for Oct. 21, according to an order from District Judge Scott Skavdahl filed last week.

Natrona County Attorney Bill Knight asked for the hearing after Skavdahl agreed in May with county officials who presented evidence Corrigan's property on Sunburst Drive had dilapidated mobile homes, abandoned vehicles, appliances, wood, tires, metal and junk that posed risks of fire, vermin and neighbors' diminished property values.

The bench trial and conviction came after the county sued Corrigan in July 2009 after he refused to clean his lot for five years.

While the violations were misdemeanors, the number of violations and the length of time could have resulted in a fine of $1,578,759, but Skavdahl instead fined him 9 cents on the dollar with a warning of higher fines for noncompliance.

Two months after the trial, county code enforcement officer Linda McLarnan took pictures of Corrigan's property, according to an update from Knight on July 27. "The photos show that [the] Property is in substantially the same conditions as of the date this matter went to trial."

Corrigan represented himself in the trial in May, and continues to do so, arguing the board of county commissioners is not a sovereign entity but rather a corporation that lacks any authority over the use of his property without a contract.

A week after McLarnan photographed his property, Corrigan filed a "notice to halt cease and desist civil rights violations" on Aug. 2.

Corrigan wrote Skavdahl's ruling violated the excessive fines clauses of the U.S. and Wyoming constitutions, code enforcement is not law, and the county doesn't have any authority. "Nationwide Police are now trained executioners. Absolute arbitrary power. You are required to explain why you feel you have the authority," he wrote.

The day after Skavdahl issued the order for the contempt hearing, Corrigan responded with a "notice and affidavit of fraud upon the court" dated Sept. 8.

"All the information used against Edward Marvin Corrigan has been gained by unlawful process with no standing to be used against him," he wrote.

"This is the last chance for the corporations to show where they have lawful authority in this case. You have twenty (20) days from acceptance to answer this document," Corrigan wrote.

He did not say what would happen after that.

Reach Tom Morton at (307) 266-0592, or at tom.morton@trib.com.

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