Some of you may remember Mark and Regina Meeks, who have been fighting to keep their property against abuse of eminent domain from the City of Stockbridge.
Today the Georgia Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that threw out the condemnation of their property. This is great news for the Meeks family, who over the last two years have become good friends of mine.
Tune into CBS 46 tonight for details, if you are interested.
[UPDATE] Here is an article from the Henry Herald about the decision:
In a unanimous ruling, a three judge panel on Wednesday upheld Henry County Superior Court Judge Arch McGarity’s dismissal of the city of Stockbridge’s attempt to force the sale of Mark and Regina Meeks’ Stockbridge Florist and Gifts to make way for the city’s “town center” development.
The case spurred new legislation last year that sought to more clearly define when a government agency can use its condemnation powers, known as eminent domain.
But the law did not apply to the Meekses, who were seeking to keep their 22-year-old business in the face of the city’s attempt to redevelop an ailing downtown retail district.
The city could still carry on with an appeal to a higher court, though Mayor R.G. “Rudy” Kelley said he would like to see an end to the case. He said the city had already given its architects the OK to design around the Meeks’ property on North Henry Boulevard near East Atlanta Road.
When asked if the city would seek a reversal of the Appeals Court decision, Kelley said, “I don’t think so, but that of course is up to the council.”
Who knows what to expect from these bastards.