Friday, February 27, 2009

Virginia Supreme Court Rules Va. Man Owns 1776 copy of Declaration

Not the state of Maine. Mr. Adams copy is one of eleven still known to exist from a printing of 250.

"Richard Adams Jr. of Fairfax County purchased the document from a London book dealer in 2001 for $475,000. But the state of Maine claimed it belongs to the town of Wiscasset, where it was kept by the town clerk in 1776.

Virginia's high court said that a lower court did not err in its ruling in Adams' favor because Maine didn't prove the document was ever an official town record and that Adams had superior title to the print."

"We Hold These Truths To Be Self Evident . . . that gub'mint doesn't have claim to everything."

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