Thursday, May 11, 2006

Cincinnati Eminent Domain Abuse

From the AP via The Columbus Dispatch:

A woman fighting to keep the house in which she has lived for 47 years will have her day in court, again.

The 1st District Ohio Court of Appeals has agreed to hear arguments next month on whether the city can use eminent domain to take the property to realign a street, a move that would benefit a hospital's expansion plans.

On Saturday, Emma Dimasi obeyed a local judge's order to move out of her small, brick home and take her belongings with her. The appeals court said Tuesday that the house could not be demolished until it ruled on the emergency appeal Dimasi filed two days before leaving.

"I can't think of anything more abusive than to have a private entity get the city to take somebody's property and then deed it over to the private entity," said Vincent Dimasi, an attorney who is representing his mother. "It's mind-boggling."

Mind-boggling it is, but let us not question the judges -- they might get upset.

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