Property Rights Not For Sale in Ohio

Today, in the first state supreme court decisions since the US Supreme Court’s reviled Kelo decision, Ohio’s supreme court rejected the city of Norwood’s bid to use eminent domain to confiscate properties in a “deteriorating” neighborhood and give them to private developers. The court unanimously ruled that the economic development rationale which the U.S. Supreme Court used to justify Kelo violated Ohio’s constitution. Read more about the case here, or read the opinion.