Idaho County, ID – After nine long years of battling neighbors in an attempt to protect her property lines from land theft, Dorothy Walker of Grangeville, Idaho is finally getting her day(s) in court. The trial has been set to begin on April 2, 2018 at the Idaho County Courthouse in Grangeville, Idaho.
What began as a simple boundary dispute with one neighbor has now evolved into a major property dispute involving several neighbors and multiple attorneys. In 2009, Walker sued neighbors of hers who were building a house on property that she had “owned and controlled” since 1968. Judge John Stegner ruled that Walker’s lawsuit must include all property owners who could be affected by this case as Defendants.
Dorothy and her husband Butch (now deceased) originally hired an attorney out of Boise, Idaho, confident she could get this issue straightened out in short order. After years of wasted efforts, her attorney filed a Motion for Summary Judgment and the Walkers realized “their attorney was giving away their property and opening them up to liability.” They immediately fired him and hired Attorney Wes Hoyt, who was able to have their Summary Judgment Motion withdrawn.
Dorothy Walker has hired two surveyors and a national surveying expert out of Alabama to protect the property she and her husband had originally purchased. The US~Observer has had its own surveyors look at the issues in this case and they conclude, not only is Ms. Walker correct regarding the locations of her property corners, the surveyors on the other side of this case have relocated (changed) property corners and there is strong evidence “they have actually manufactured corners and placed them in wrong locations.” Further, our experts tell us it is very clear that the Grangeville Highway District is attempting to claim property that belongs to Walker.
After literally spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to protect her property from this land theft and thinking that her representation was finally adequate, Dorothy Walker relaxed a bit only to find out that Judge John Stegner, who was presiding over her case, was prejudiced against her. Upon discovering conclusive evidence of Stegner’s prejudice, Hoyt forced the judge to recuse himself.
Judge Luster Appointed to Hear Walker Case
Senior Judge John Patrick Luster out of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho is the new judge appointed to hear Dorothy Walker’s case. Judge Luster conducted a “viewing” of the Walker property and will finally resolve this long-disputed case in April.
Editor’s Note: The numerous articles the US~Observer has published on the history of this land theft case can be viewed by starting here – other articles are listed below in related stories section.
We will be attending the Walker trial and will be publishing a complete and accurate report as soon as the trial concludes.