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Landowner in takings case wants judge to take another look

The Roanoke landowner whose property was condemned, presumably for expansion of a privately-owned medical complex, is asking a judge to reconsider a key ruling in the case.

After Roanoke Circuit Judge William Broadhurst ruled against the owner last month, word came that neither the medical business nor the city had any real interest in the subject property.  Based on that information, lawyer Joe Waldo now argues there’s no basis for condemnation.  “They will tear down a tax-producing property – with jobs – to make three vacant acres,” he said.

Waldo has filed a motion to revisit the court’s jurisdiction.

Waldo adds his client now is getting support from the Institute for Justice , a public interest law firm based in Arlington that litigated the Kelo v. New London eminent domain case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

By Peter Vieth

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