Thomas Marsh filed a lawsuit Monday, Nov. 1 against Union County employees Lee Jenson and Richard Black. This is only the beginning point of a much larger plan already in place, one that has been constructed over a period of time by several legal minds.
There are a number of people other than the ones named in this suit that need to be thinking very hard about how they are going to defend themselves as this case progresses. The testimonies from this point forward will not be offered in a small hometown court setting but will be heard by a federal judge and a jury of twelve people unassociated with Union County. Laws defined in the N.C. general statutes and the U.S. Constitution will now govern the case from this point forward.
Brian Rogers was chairman of the Board of Adjustment when Pinky Marsh’s case came before his board for the first time. Rogers made the statement to Pinky that the Board of Adjustment held themselves to the same standards as a court of law.
There is a petition that was hand carried to area homes and businesses in an attempt to acquire enough signatures to stop Pinky’s Hispanic rodeo. This petition’s existence will be proven from witnesses who say they signed or were asking to sign the petition.
For the people circulating this petition, there had to be a belief that the rodeo could be stopped if enough signatures were acquired. Signing a petition carries no penalty under law, but falsifying and tampering with evidence does.
Union County citizens, Dietrich Bonhoeffer once stated, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil; God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” There comes a time when you must stand for what is right. Silence in the face of evil is to form a relationship with evil itself.