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A win for property owners, setback for Kelo Developers.

The Ohio Supreme Court delivered a unanimous and historic ruling on July 26 that is being heralded as a major victory for property rights and a stinging blow to last year's infamous U.S. Supreme Court Kelo decision, which ruled that local governments can use eminent domain powers to condemn private property for commercial development. The most immediate beneficiaries of the Ohio ruling are Carl and Joy Gamble of Norwood, Ohio, who faced losing their home of 35 years. They and their neighbors in a tidy Norwood neighborhood were to be evicted by Norwood officials in favor of a developer who had plans to replace their homes with a condominium-office-shopping complex; the court decision rejected Norwood's "right" to do so.

"Our home is ours again!" exclaimed Joy Gamble, after learning of the ruling. "The Ohio Supreme Court finally made us Americans again" Carl Gamble added. "We haven't had the heart or the will to see our home of more than 35 years since the City and the developer forced us out and fenced it off, but I'm sure we'll be taking a ride back up there today. This is just terrific!"

Dana Berliner, an attorney for the Institute for Justice that represented property owners in the case, said the Ohio court's decision will have a major impact in high courts and legislatures across the country. "This case is really part of a trend throughout the country of states responding to and rejecting the U.S. Supreme Court's Kelo decision last year," she said. "There are now 28 states that have taken legislative steps to protect owners more after that decision, and this case is the next movement in that trend, and I believe now not only legislatures but other courts are going to begin rejecting that terrible decision."
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Title Annotation:eminent domain powers can be used
Publication:The New American
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Aug 21, 2006
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