Razor wire lawsuit settled
Shirley Presley, the razor wire widow, has settled her $1.5 million lawsuit against the city of Charlottesville and the Rivanna Trails Foundation for violating her constitutional rights by seizing her property without permission.
"I'm pleased to report we've amicably resolved the dispute," says Presley's attorney, Debbie Wyatt. Citing confidentiality, Wyatt refused to elaborate on how much Presley gets, repeating only, "We are pleased to resolve this dispute."
The problem began years ago when the Rivanna Trails Foundation attempted to cobble together a 20-mile network around Charlottesville– without getting permission from some property owners, such as Presley. By 2002, Presley was piling brush on the trail below her Bland Circle house, and in 2003, the gleaming razor wire appeared.
Will the razor wire remain? Presley did not immediately return a phone call from the Hook, and Wyatt would only refer to a comment she made last fall: "It is not her desire or mine to need razor wire."