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that tree's disease can cripple the grapefruit industry
Originally posted by marg6043
Or perhaps the couple just wants to prove a point and found it under the Geneva convention
Originally posted by Djarums
EDIT: by the way the photo was a grapefruit and was from the state of florida's info site re: citrus canker. I'm a northerner and have zero experience with citrus fruits other than eating them.
[edit on 4-6-2005 by Djarums]
From the source article:
Jerry Budney, a Fort Lauderdale attorney who represents the Agriculture Department, said the Gersteins' position has no legal merit.
"If they really felt that strongly about the Geneva Conventions, they should have taken it to court," he said, adding that the time to do that was when they received their immediate final order, which is what states the tree will be cut. "Each time the court has ruled in favor of the program." [...]
"What we do with properties that are hard access or have a flat-out refusal is that we wait until we have few of them and then we hire an off-duty sheriff's officer to help us administer an agricultural warrant," he said.
Laura Gerstein concedes that she probably won't win a war against the state.
"I can't take it to court, we don't have the money to fight it," she said. "We know we're not going to win but we can stir someone who does have money to fight for this."