Thursday, September 15, 2005

a positive precedent

PHOENIX - In a ruling hailed by property-rights advocates, a judge has rejected Tempe's efforts to use condemnation lawsuits to seize privately owned land so it can be used for development of a shopping complex. […]

"The anticipated private purposes and benefits outweigh any public benefit or purpose," [Judge Kenneth] Fields wrote in a 31-page ruling dated Monday and released Tuesday. "Profit, not public improvement, is the motivating force for this redevelopment."

hat tip: Kirsten