Today's paper carries an article about oral argument yesterday in the Ohio Supreme Court in a Kelo-style Eminent Domain case (which also quotes my colleage Steve Eagle).
A reader who attended oral argument writes with further information. I pass along the relevant information to those who are interested.
You might also be interested in yesterday's Ohio Supreme Court argument about a Kelo case here. I regularly attend arguments there, and this is the first time I've seen the courtroom full.
The case is interesting because it tests private eminent domain takings under the Ohio constitution and Ohio statute.
The briefs are here.
An article about the argument is here.
The oral arguments are archived here (click on the Norwood case)
The actual argument is here
The court staff's summary of the case is here.
The staff summary describes the issue:
When May a City Use Its Eminent Domain Powers to Condemn Property for Private Redevelopment? City of Norwood v. Horney et al., Case nos. 2005-1210 and 2005-1211 1st District Court of Appeals (Hamilton County)
ISSUE: Does a city act unlawfully when it commissions an urban renewal study of a residential area previously targeted by a private developer, classifies the area as 'deteriorating,' and subsequently uses its eminent domain powers to take (with compensation) the property of owners unwilling to vacate the targeted area to make way for private redevelopment?