James Davis is suing the town authorities Stevenson, northern Alabama, USA, for the right to leave his wife's grave near their home. Stevenson - a town with a population of 2600 inhabitants quietly dying after passing through it on the branch line has virtually stopped the trains.
Davis lived with his wife for 48 years, they were familiar from childhood. Her last wish was to be buried close to home - not such an unusual desire for Alabama, where the family cemetery in private holdings are common. However, in this case, the problem, according to authorities, is that the house of Davis is on one of the central streets of the city.
Therefore, the authorities have not given permission for the funeral at the site in 2009, managed to get a court order to move the graves. However, James Davis appealed. According to lawyers, the law is on the side of the City, as the U.S. Supreme Court has previously ruled that municipalities have the right to decide for themselves whether it is possible to organize a cemetery in their territories. And the Court of Appeals of Alabama in reality is not about justice, but about the terminology - what is the tomb of the house of James Davis - cemetery or a family place in the cemetery (family plot). In the first case, the city won but in the second - Davis.
James Davis with a photograph of his late wife.