Monday, January 09, 2006

Eminent Domain Abuse

Seems Ohio is the one of the worse offenders of the eminent domain game. They have condemned or threatened to condemn at least 400 properties in 5 years.

The city of Norwood, OH property owners and businesses are fighting back! The city of Norwood and developer Jeffery R. Anderson are trying to take these properties away from the owners for Anderson's personal use. Some of the owners want to sell, but others do not. It is all or nothing for Anderson.

The one puzzling thing in all of this is the fact that Anderson paid for and did his own study that the Council of the City of Norwood used to condemn 99 properties. Not one of these properties were dilapidated or had taxes in arrears. This was admitted by the Norwood 'blight' study!

Charles and Joy Gamble, owners of a beautiful home in Norwood, and one of those families run out of their home, are one of the 13 clients going to a higher court, trying to get their property back. The Gambles appeared with their lawyer on Hannity and Colmes, Fox News on Monday, January 9.

The Institute for Justice attorneys will be arguing this case in front of the Supreme Court in Columbus, OH, on Wednesday, January 11, 2006. A rally will be held earlier that morning. Information can be found at Castle Coalition - Citizens fighting eminent domain abuse.

According to one report, there has been over 10,000 properties siezed by cities for private developers. It is part of eminent domain for private gain.

Read my article entitled "Is Your House Really Yours?"

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