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Neighbors look to fight possible condemnations for development

Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court expanded local governments' use of eminent domain in the 2005 decision Kelo v. City of New London, many states have sought to limit potential abuses. Missouri was one of them. But some residents of North St. Louis believe the reforms didn't go far enough.

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Judge upholds condemnation ballot summary

A Cole County judge has approved a ballot summary – with one change – for a proposed constitutional amendment restricting eminent domain. In an order today, Judge Richard Callahan dismissed most of the Missouri Municipal League’s challenges to the official ...

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Best Brief Writer: Tom Weaver

Tom Weaver’s brief-writing skills have their origins in an earlier profession: He was a high school English teacher. The concise, meticulous writing style that Weaver imparted to his students is the same that guided him in the 125 appellate briefs ...

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Activist settles one suit over protest mural

Eminent domain activist Jim Roos and the city of St. Louis are one step closer to getting a resolution on a question that has been plaguing both parties since 2007. Can Roos legally keep up a three-story mural protesting the use of eminent domain on one of his buildings? On Tuesday, Roos settled one part of his legal battle to preserve the 30-foot-tall mural. The city's Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority apologized to Roos for the actions of its employees in denying him a sign permit. But the letter makes no mention of free speech or Roos' right to protest government action by painting a massive circle-and-slash image overlooking Interstates 44 and 55.

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