Don and Susie Kirlin buy a piece of property in Boulder, CO in 1980, and last year finally decide to build their dream house on it. Not so fast.
Former Boulder District Judge, Boulder Mayor, RTD board member – among other elected positions – Richard McLean and his wife, attorney Edith Stevens, used an arcane common law called "adverse possession" to claim the land for their own.
And they were successful. They had developed an "emotional attachment" to the land over the years. And the Kirlins didn’t just have to sell it to them at "fair market." The had to sign over 34% of the lot, and now the $800,000 lot is essentially worthless.
Well at least the law was upheld. That’s always important, you know.