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Kevin Killeen
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Attorney Dave Roland with the Mills sisters and their mother (KMOX/file photo)

Attorney Dave Roland with the Mills sisters and their mother (KMOX/file photo)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – An attorney representing two girl scouts who want to sell cookies in front of their Hazelwood home is leaving town for a new job, and looking for someone to carry on the fight.

Dave Roland of the Freedom Center filed the original case on behalf of Caitlin and Abigail Mills, after the city of Hazelwood shut down their front yard stand as a violation of the city’s zoning code. Roland argued that property owners have a Constitutional right to use their property in such a “harmless” way.

Attorneys for Hazelwood say the cookie stand was far from harmless, causing a public nuisance and safety hazard with long lines of cars waiting to purchase thin mints and somoas.

“We hope we will be able to find somebody,” Roland said, “It may not be easy, because unfortunately a lot of attorneys want to be paid.”

Roland says he never asked for, or received, any payment from the Mills family, not even a box of cookies. Roland says he’s interviewing some attorneys about the possibility of continuing the fight pro bono. But if no one takes over, the cookie case may crumble in court.

Roland says he’s leaving in October for Washington state to take a job with the Freedom Foundation — managing the Theodore L. Stiles Center, which specializes in property rights, economic liberty and free speech cases.

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