Suspended County Commissioner, and former Legislator Alan Aker’s trial for felony charges is proceeding this week in Deadwood, over a matter of a fence. Aker claims he had permission to pull it down, and the homeowner (and law enforcement disagree):
Suspended Meade County Commissioner Alan Aker admitted while on the stand at his jury trial Wednesday that he had personally and purposefully cut 50 feet of hand-hewn log railing from the deck of a customer when the client refused to make a final $2,600 payment for his work.
But in further testimony, Aker said he did not trespass or steal when he took the railing because he had permission to be on the property in question and had not been paid what he was owed by who he described as a difficult customer.
“Mr. Hegg was looking for reasons not to pay,” he said. “He was looking for excuses not to pay me.”
Under cross examination, Aker admitted he had used small claims court before and he spent time explaining the nuances of a mechanical lien, commonly used by contractors to ensure eventual payment.
What do you think? I suspect the mechanics lien might have been the more prudent way to go