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Month: April 2008

April 29, 2008

An Email from A Bureaucrat

by Timothy Sandefur This morning, I received the following email from Lee Cameron, executive director of the Economic Development Corporation in Freeport, Texas, and the site of the Western Seafood eminent domain case. Mr. Cameron, writing from a government email account paid for by tax dollars, writes: You probably don't care but I am going ...

April 18, 2008

Why Prop. 99 Will Do Nothing to Protect Property Rights

The Institute for Justice has prepared an important analysis of California's Proposition 99, the eminent domain initiative sponsored by an alliance of government agencies. You can read it here. IJ concludes, Prop 99 will provide insubstantial protection against the use of eminent domain for private commercial development. Small business owners ...

April 16, 2008

Epstein on the Didden Case

Here's an article by University of Chicago law professor Richard A. Epstein on the awful Didden v. Port Chester case which the Supreme Court declined to hear last year. Here's the brief that Pacific Legal Foundation filed in that case. Excerpt: Our Supreme Court remains on a constitutional holiday. Over and over the justices blithely ...

April 14, 2008

Orange County Eminent Domain Event

by Timothy Sandefur I will be appearing on a panel tonight at Chapman University School of Law to discuss "Eminent Domain, Property Rights, And Ballot Proposals: Where Do The Government Powers End And Citizens' Rights Begin?" The event is free to the public. For more information, email ...

April 08, 2008

City of Arnold Attacks The Tourkakis Family

by Timothy Sandefur The City of Arnold, Missouri, has issued a press release on city letterhead attacking Homer and Julie Tourkakis for daring to defend themselves in the courts when the city decided to condemn their property. You can read that abusive press release here. Today, the city sent this press release by mail to ...

April 07, 2008

PLF's New Website

Today, the Pacific Legal Foundation unveiled its brand new website. We hope it'll be more user-friendly and contain much more helpful information for readers, the media, and our supporters. Check it out! ...

April 06, 2008

State Abuses Eminent Domain Law

by Timothy Sandefur The Springfield (MO) News-Leader has my editorial about the Tourkakis case. Excerpt: After the U.S. Supreme Court's infamous decision in Kelo v. New London, which allowed government to use eminent domain to seize homes and businesses and give the land to private developers, citizens of Missouri might have hoped that their st ...

April 03, 2008

Eminent Domain Forum at Chapman University

Chapman University Law School will be hosting a forum on eminent domain, and on California's Propositions 98 and 99, on Monday, April 14, at 5:30 p.m. PLF's Timothy Sandefur will be among the panelists. More information on the Orange Juice Blog here. ...

April 02, 2008

Motion for Rehearing in Tourkakis

by Timothy Sandefur The Pacific Legal Foundation filed a motion for rehearing in the Missouri Supreme Court yesterday, asking the Court to reconsider part of its decision in City of Arnold v. Tourkakis. The petition asks the Court to clarify what procedural mechanism should be employed when the case proceeds in the trial court. Since ...

April 02, 2008

What the Next President Can Do for Property Rights

Our friend Prof. Ilya Somin has an excellent article on what the next president can do to protect property rights from eminent domain abuse and other problems. ...