Is Harriet Miers A Slumlord?

From Newsday:

The year Harriet Miers began work as a senior presidential aide in the White House, the city of Dallas slapped three liens in three months on a property she controls in a low-income minority Dallas neighborhood, records show.

The city placed the liens in 2001 to force her to reimburse it for clearing the vacant lot of tall grass, weeds and debris after Miers failed to have the work done herself, as required by city law, and after she did not respond to city notices to maintain the property.

It wasn’t the first time the city had to take action – records show that since Miers assumed power of attorney for her elderly, ailing mother in 1995, the city has issued seven other liens on vacant lots that Miers controls in the same area around Tipton Park.

All 10 liens, totaling less than $2,000, have been paid off, a city spokesman said.

So technically she’s not really a “slumlord,” since the properties in question are owned by her mother, and they’re not developed. Instead she’s more of an absentee landlord (via power of attorney), who’s been behind in lot upkeep. The city has rightfully been fining Miers for not keeping the vacant lots clear and clean.

Still, the disclosure of these liens on Miers’s Dallas area properties belies the “detail oriented” image the White House is attempting to spin for her.

Update: Miers response to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s questions contain this tidbit.

Earlier this year, I received notice that my dues for the District of Columbia Bar were delinquent and as a result my ability to practice law in D.C. had been suspended. I immediately sent the dues in to remedy the delinquency. The nonpayment was not intentioned, and I corrected the situation upon receiving the letter.


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