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Dick Steinberg has resided in the city of Brookfield for 35 years. He served 34 years as municipal judge and has been an attorney for 50 years. He enjoys tennis, golf, biking and creative writing, which includes legal issues, sports, government and people.

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SOLICITING AND TRESPASSING ON PRIVATE PROPETY

Today, Saturday, at about 10am my personal residence doorbell rang and I opened the inside door and saw three people standing on my doorstep outside the open screen door. I asked if they have a permit and one person said "I don't need one". I then told them to leave my property and that I would call the police, and then called 911. Shortly thereafter, a police office rang the doorbell and we discussed the incident. I explained that this soliciting and trespassing had been going on for many years. He said this is a church group who does not need a permit to invade the privacy of your residence. I pointed out that there is a "no soliciting" sign" posted in plain view on my front entry and he said this does not apply and admitted that solicitors must have a city permit to come to your residence. I pointed out that the criminal laws sec. 943.13, WI STATS have anit-trespassing laws and he said I would have to post a no trespassing sign on my lawn and / or give a warning. The trespassing law is very vague and does nothing to protect a private property owner from suspicious persons and those from the criminal element to be on your land. The officer implied that he trusted church people and I responded that there are religious organizations that are violent and dangerous to our well being. apparently, there is no screening process for the validity and background checks of these church people. A copy of this post is being sent to the Mayor to enact a city ordinance that will protect the sacred rights of the property owners/taxpayers from the lack of protocol in protecting the lives of our families. RICHARD J. STEINBERG, J.D. MEMBER OF WI STATE BAR 56 YEARS AND RESIDENT/HOMEOWNER IN THE CITY OF BROOKFIELD SINCE 1974.

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