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Fayette County farmer spends weekend in jail

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 2:00 am | Updated: 12:20 pm, Wed May 22, 2013.

Joe Bezjak said when he traveled to Uniontown on Friday for a hearing regarding an apparent violation of a court order, he never expected to go to jail.

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  • Christy posted at 9:21 am on Wed, Dec 19, 2012.

    Christy Posts: 11

    Sorry for his troubles. I would caution anyone who values their property rights not to sign any contracts for drilling or other activities with these unscrupulous predators. I do not agree at all with Judge Vernon's edict that he not "speak" to the company personnel while they are on his property. If they are damaging his property and violating environmental laws they need to be called out. Shame on Judge Vernon.

  • Truthiness posted at 12:19 pm on Tue, Dec 18, 2012.

    Truthiness Posts: 494

    Clearly, thanks to our esteemed Governor Corbett who vested the powers of kings to the gas industry but fails to collect royalties (just the pittance called "impact fees") and thanks to a judiciary whose agenda is crystal clear, we have no rights any more.

    Jailing this man to intimidate him is totally despicable, but totally unsurprising. This is the textbook definition of fascism: the unholy alliance between business and government where any attempt to defend one's individual rights against the lust for profit are met with the force of the state.

    This man signed a contract permitting a pipeline, not a contract that destroys his livelihood.

  • zig zag posted at 6:58 am on Tue, Dec 18, 2012.

    zig zag Posts: 26

    Big Business and Big Government. Sounds like Judge (Nancy D.) Vernon got her hand in both. Feel bad for Joe Bezjak, caught between the two. [sad] Kudos to his friends, and Fayette County Judge Steve P. Leskinen who at least had the fence put back. [smile] A farmer without his fence is like a gas driller without a pipeline.

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