Real Estate & Property Law

Pro Bono Lawyer to Help Covered-Wagon Traveler Camped Near Colo. Road Fight DOT Eviction Order

Left homeless after Hurricane Katrina hit his place in Gulfport, Miss., a 53-year-old man who has been traveling the country in a covered wagon headed west in protest of U.S. economic policy says he has been arrested only once, briefly, in Texas.

But now Roy Gleiter and a 73-year-old companion, Debra Cowden, have been ordered off state land in Colorado, where they are camped awaiting better weather this spring, reports the Pueblo Chieftan.

A Thursday notice from the state department of transportation gave them three days to vacate, calling their campsite near Route 50 in Pueblo County a nuisance and a trespass and ordering them not to camp near any state roads.

Attorney Matt Martin of Pueblo says he intends to fight their case as a pro bono matter. “I think it’s unfair what they are doing to him,” Martin tells the newspaper. “He’s not hurting anyone. He is way off the road. He’s got nowhere to go; even if he picked up and moved, he’d still be in violation of the order.”

A 2010 post on Yahoo! Voices and a 2011 Chieftan article provide additional details about Gleiter and Cowden and their journey.

Hat tip: Associated Press.

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