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Month: December 2007

December 19, 2007

This is Not Your Land Anymore!

The Wall Street Journal carried this review of Carla Main's book Bulldozed on Thursday. ...

December 19, 2007

K Street Battle Headed to Court

Yesterday, the Sacramento City Council voted unanimously to steal the property of local businessman and philanthropist Mo Mohanna through eminent domain and give it to developer Joe Zeiden. The Sacramento Bee (which supports this move) has the details here. ...

December 18, 2007

Eminent Domain Abuse in Sacramento

Sacramento property owner Moe Mohanna has a website here about the pending condemnation of his property on K Street in downtown Sacramento. It includes a video. Mohanna is asking people to show up today at 2p.m. at the City Council meeting to speak out against the abuse of eminent domain. ...

December 14, 2007

Wall Street Journal Covers PLF's Property Rights Cases

Thursday's Wall Street Journal carried this story on some of PLF's property rights cases, and particularly on our lawsuit against Surfide Beach, Texas, which is trying to take away the property of 14 homeowners. In an earlier article, the Journal covered PLF's "exactions" cases. ...

December 13, 2007

What's Happened Since Kelo?

by Timothy Sandefur The answer, as Prof. Ilya Somin points out, is practically nothing: two and one half years after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the city and some seven years after the condemnation proceedings were first initiated, little or no economic development has occurred on the condemned land. As the New London ...

December 12, 2007

State Supreme Court to Hear Arnold Eminent Domain Case

The Suburban Journals have this article the Tourkakis eminent domain case, which is scheduled for oral argument on January 17. ...

December 11, 2007

My Bulldozed Review

by Timothy Sandefur Here is the full text of my review of Bulldozed from the Daily Recorder. ...

December 08, 2007

My Review of Bulldozed

by Timothy Sandefur My review of Carla Main's book Bulldozed appears in the San Francisco Daily Journal—I think for Monday, although I was told it would appear on Friday. (Online and hardcopy might have different publication dates.) Anyway, subscription is required to read it, but here's an excerpt: Lawyers and economists can examine Kelo ...

December 05, 2007

Missouri Ombudsman for Eminent Domain

by Timothy Sandefur In a previous post I mentioned Anthony Martin, the Missouri Ombudsman for Eminent Domain, who has filed a friend of the court brief in support of PLF clients Homer and Julie Tourkakis in the Missouri Supreme Court. Here is the Ombudsman's website. He has posted some disturbing pictures of what qualifies as ...

December 05, 2007

Inverse Condemnation Blog on The Colorado Eminent Domain Case

by Timothy Sandefur The Inverse Condemnation Blog has an in-depth look at the Wheat Ridge case that I mentioned here. "Whoa, eminent domain is a tool to 'redistribute' private property 'in any manner that future circumstances and the public welfare demand?' I thought eminent domain was supposed to be used to take property when ...