Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Beware Interference with Customary Rights

Thanks to Eugene Volokh for this story on the mayor of the tiny Spanish village of Fago who was murdered.  The mayor had angered some villagers when he "put a stop to the centuries-old custom of herding livestock through village."  He angered other villagers when he refused to issue hunting licenses and prohibited the village's only bar from setting up tables outside in the summer.  Villagers disliked him so much that "the police are considering the entire population of the village as suspects."

According to the Telegraph's story the village of Fago, "the second smallest village in the province of Aragon, comprises fewer than 90 stone-built residences tightly packed on cobbled streets around a 16th century Romanesque church, a stone's throw from the ancient pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela."

Yikes.  Be careful with interfering with the expectations of the people of Fago, especially regarding property.


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