A+ Liberty Rated NH State Rep Sued by Town Gang Over “Zoning” Violations

Mike Sylvia takes a photo with supporters outside court.

Mike Sylvia takes a photo with supporters outside court.

State Representative Mike Sylvia is the liberty “Legislator of the Year” for 2018 according to the NH Liberty Alliance. Of course, because he’s a peaceful threat to the legitimacy of the state, he will inevitably be targeted by state violence. Hence, the people calling themselves the “Town of Belmont” have forced Sylvia into court and are threatening to hit him with $275 a day in fines for allegedly violating the town gang’s arbitrary “zoning” rules.

The town gang’s zoning thug, Steve Paquin, testified under oath that the town selectmen had sent him to target Sylvia and even admitted there had not been a single complaint against Sylvia or his property by any neighbors. The only complaints came from within the town gang’s “selectmen”.

What’s all this about? The gang is alleging Sylvia is living on his property in an RV or the garage. Yes, that’s right. They are threatening him with violence because he’s allegedly living… on his property.

Apparently the main house burned down in 2009 before Sylvia bought it in 2011. The zoning goon claims that because he’s seen Sylvia exiting the door of the RV, observed shoveled walkways during winter, and smoke coming from a chimney on the garage, that he believes Sylvia is living on the property. Apparently living on one’s own property is not allowed within the gang’s territory, unless one has begged for permission from said gang first.

It’s an outrageous case and another example of how zoning is used to target people the town gang doesn’t like and further proof that one doesn’t actually own their property. If another group of strangers can come along with armed men and tell one what one can and can’t do with it, it’s clearly the property of the gang.

Below is the full court hearing on the town gang’s request for a preliminary injunction against Sylvia. Judge James D. O’Neill III took the evidence and testimony under advisement and will issue a ruling on whether or not to grant the town their preliminary injunction before the full trial in civil court. Thanks to Bill D. for the video:

At one point the town attorney tries to call Sylvia to testify and he smartly objected based on the NH Constitution’s Bill of Rights Article Fifteen, which says “no subject shall… be compelled to accuse or furnish evidence against himself”. The judge sustained his objection and he did not have to take the stand, though the robed man didn’t sustain any of Sylvia’s other objections while sustaining nearly all of the town’s attorney, in a typical hearing that favored the state.

Sylvia also cited the NH Constitution’s Bill of Rights Article Two which says:

All men have certain natural, essential, and inherent rights among which are, the enjoying and defending life and liberty; acquiring, possessing, and protecting, property; and, in a word, of seeking and obtaining happiness.

Zoning is not only unconstitutional, it’s also immoral and should be abolished statewide. Property owners should be free to do what they want, so long as they don’t infringe on their neighbors’ similar rights to do as they please. That would be live free or die. Stay tuned here to Free Keene for the latest on this outrageous property rights violation.

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  1. September 30, 2018
    The following is for educational purposes only.

    Why did Mike Sylvia consent to the proceeding in the first place?? Should have never stepped inside the BAR, this act in itself gave jurisdiction. Could watch the video due to lack of quality sound. Mike should stated He has no contract and let the town prove it. Listen to the video, pay attention to every word.

    Link works copy and paste if need be.


  2. Harry: It might have something to do with the fact that nobody here has ever seen that approach work. You can claim left and right “but you didn’t do it right”, but the reality is if it is so hard to do it right then it’s not an effective approach. It’s not like we don’t have plenty of videos showing that it does not work. I have yet to see one video where it did work. If you think it can work show us a video where the person did everything right and it worked to get them out of trouble with any NH gang.

  3. Mike Sylvia is doing the right thing. By standing up for himself, he stands up for all of us who advocate that a property owner has the right to decide how to use his own property, not others — even if they wear fine hats.

  4. I’m glad to see that there has been a regular stream of people not just migrating to NH, but also standing up against the state. Both in court rooms, at the city level, and at the state house in concord. While we can always utilize more Mike Sylvia’s I’m always presently surprised to see how wrong the nay sayers are. It’s hard to keep any movement going strong year after year- but I think this is one of the things that makes real or principled libertarians different. It’s a fundamental underpinning of ones existence rather than just some political party. Principled people don’t just give up. You can’t become a libertarian. You either always have been one and didn’t know it – or you are just faking it. There might be more activism one day than another, but it’s never over.

  5. The zoning laws are there for a reason. Why would I want my nice house next to a neighbor that lives like a squatter? It drives property values down. By the way, an RV is not a permanent structure. Zoning laws help when zoning for commercial land, residential land, and industrial land.


  6. September 30, 2018
    KK; Whether You realize it or not I’m on Your side. Put information on the blog to be digested. Don’t challenge Me, only breeds division. In My opinion Mike should have never step inside the rail. While I did not watch much of the trail due to bad sound. I would have protested the Admiralty Flag , let be known do not accept the law of the sea. I also didn’t notice a stenographer either, if not Mike does not have a Court of Record. No Court of Record they can lie and turn the scenario for their desired outcome.

    Jacks: Nobody has the right to depreciate a neighbors property/equitable interest. In the same breath zoning is a communism/socialistic concept. Zoning is taking a person’s property without compensation.

  7. Now, now Jacks. There are some very good reasons to do away with the concept of zoning. For instance, did you know that land-use restrictions are well-known for their tendency to create barriers to entry?

    Just look at CA and NY for instance. Both states have used their tight urban land-use rules to misallocate vast areas of spatial resources. Because of this, the economic productivity of both these states are now being exceeded by states with relatively relaxed restrictions. TX in particular.

    Do you know why, pookums?

    Because LESS government intervention leads to MORE economic productivity! I’ll bet knowing this won’t change your mind in any way though, now will it Jacks? Don’t worry! I still find you absolutely adorable!

  8. so i flips on the CC aka closed captioning aka subtitles for clarification bc of the not so clear audio… and lmap… i think some jokers are playin tricks with the closed captioning becaus it says jetpacks and stuff lmao (if anyone wants the jetpacks part its during the cops testimony)

  9. in short lucky thing I went to the closed captioning ,otherwise i would knot KNOW aboot the engine failure or the jetpacks …so i actually should thank the cc for decoding that ..otherwise id be blithely unawares

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