This is another exclusive of the Trials of Doris! Only from the Retro Revival, this article serves as the post-hoc review of this weekend’s DORIS activities.
So what happened to turn the tables 180 degrees? How did the grassroots manage to put up their Dukes? At around midnight of March 6th, 2016, Judge Allison Accurso granted a ‘stop work’ order by the courts, and these papers were left to be delivered by the members of DORIS themselves. At approximately 6:45am the same morning, four members including representing attorney David Brook visited the residence of the executive director, Michael Catania, on the estate with copies of the court order in hand.
From there, Mr. Catania was skeptical of the intent of the perceived ‘enemy’, and in this hesitation, called local authorities to the scene. Once the police arrived, the protocol for the court order was explained in their presence to ensure the communication was clear and mediated. There were charges hopefully to be pressed against the DORIS members for trespassing, but law enforcement was kind enough to document that these citizens of the grassroots movement were acting as officers of the court, and their action of serving these papers was in perfect compliance with the laws. The anger and dismay radiated across the property and its staff throughout the day.
Our own Mr. Dylan had taken a stroll through the property hours after the papers were served to try to see the state of the house from the pedestrian-accessible paths, and all regularly open paths were blocked off. Dylan also noticed DFF trucks following him and reporting on his whereabouts. The only view left of the house on pedestrian accessible roads are severely obstructed by trees with limited view, any and all previously open paths going near the house are restricted, limiting a lot of the other sights on the estate that Ms. Duke wanted available to the public. (Header picture courtesy of RetroRevival).
The real question is why did duke farms close half the park to public access when everyone already knew what was going on? Surely their response would be ‘safety’ and to ensure ‘no one does anything stupid’. But think critically, dear readers. What do they truly have to hide? Why would they hide their actions if they are proud and confident? Sounds like shame to us at the Retro Revival. Ask questions, darlings- Stay curious!