When the Texas state government wanted a slice of Miers family land at a Superfund clean-up site for a highway off-ramp a friend of Harriet Miers was chosen to sit on a panel to determine how much money the land was worth.
The resulting six-figure payout to the Miers family in 2000 was despite the state’s objections to the "excessive” amount and to the process used to set the price. The panel recommended paying nearly $5 a square foot for land that was valued at less than 30 cents a square foot.
Texas law says that in condemnation cases, a judge must appoint three “disinterested” special commissioners to hear evidence, determine the “injury or benefit” of the state’s action to the property owner, and rule on what, if anything, the state should pay for the property.
But there was an accumulation of shared interests - dating back years - among several of the parties that assembled in state District Judge David Evans’ courtroom to settle the Miers’ case.
Campaign finance reports in Dallas show that Miers’ law firm, Locke Purnell Rain & Harrell, had contributed at least $5,000 to Evans’ political campaigns between 1993 and 2001. That included a $3,000 contribution in 1998, the year before the Miers’ condemnation case appeared in Evans’ court.
One of the three commissioners whom Evans appointed to hear the case was Peggy Lundy, a close professional friend and political ally of Miers.
Crony capitalist George W. Bush (who made his wealth as a front man to get taxpayer funds to pay for a sports stadium that made Bush and his associates rich) wants to appoint a crony to the US Supreme Court. But I so do not want the United States to be governed with Latin American style government ethics. That way lies ruin. That way lies corruption.
The Bush dynasty is a pox on America.
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