Judge Sets Deadline in Eminent Domain Case

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Mississippi Supreme Court has given attorneys until Aug. 12 to file briefs in a challenge to an eminent-domain ballot initiative.
The court has not scheduled oral arguments in the case.

Jackson businessman Leland Speed appealed a decision by a Hinds County judge that the initiative to restrict eminent domain can go on the Nov. 8 ballot in Mississippi.

Eminent domain is the process governments use to take land for projects.

Speed is director of the state economic development agency but
was acting as a private citizen when he filed a lawsuit seeking to
block the ballot measure. He argues the proposal would improperly alter the state constitution's bill of rights.

The initiative, sponsored by the Mississippi Farm Bureau
Federation, would ban the taking of private land for private

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  • by cw on Aug 4, 2011 at 08:43 AM
    are your family homes and memories worth anything to you? there not to our developers or our government if they allow eminent domain,what about the elderly that will have to uproot their lives? SAY NO TO COMMUNISTIC ENIMENT DOMAIN!
  • by BILLY Location: vimville on Aug 3, 2011 at 12:27 PM
    But, after they take the land, they can give it to private people to develop after 10 years.
  • by Cory Location: Meridian on Aug 3, 2011 at 11:04 AM
    Let's hope that this attempt fails. It is very sad that some people are trying to defeat this vote. Eminent Domain was meant to be used by the government to help aquire land for "public use." This included things like court houses, miltary bases, and other government type buildings. Today some say that Eminent Domain is for the "public good." Do you see the difference? That means that as long as the people have benefit in it, even if it is indirect, it is ok. So it is fine to take land from one person and give it to a business because it will create jobs and help the community. Whatever happened to the idea of the individual or property rights. This is socialism at its worst. "Take from one, to the benefit of all." This vote is the attempt of Mississippians to reawaken their desire for the God-given rights of private property. Let us not lose it.
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