Eminent Domain Ruling Appealed to Supreme Court

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A challenge has been filed with the Mississippi Supreme Court over an eminent-domain ballot initiative.

Jackson businessman Leland Speed Monday appealed a ruling
handed down Friday by Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd.

The judge ruled that an initiative to restrict eminent domain
can go on the Nov. 8 ballot in Mississippi. Eminent domain is the
process governments use to take land from citizens 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 that the measure 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
developments.


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  • by jr on Aug 2, 2011 at 12:57 PM
    Mississippi Power has been taking a lot of property for their new power lines running from Kemper County. And guess what, Mississippi Power stockholders are going to make a lot of money from this project
  • by voter Location: meridian on Aug 2, 2011 at 10:11 AM
    eminen-domain should never be used to take someones land for someone else to profit off of. It should be used only for the good of all, such as right of ways where there is not a viable option. We the people work to hard to have the things that are ours in life. No entity or person should be able to legaly rob folks of their property. If someone wanyts to open or build as business then pay what the people want for their land or forget it. A persons property is worth more to them than anyone else because it is theirs.
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