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Editorial: Victory

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Posted: Sunday, September 15, 2013 12:00 am

Virginia’s Supreme Court has awarded a well-deserved victory to a group of property owners. In a decision that should chasten Norfolk officials and send a message to their counterparts across the state, the court has ruled that the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s effort to take the properties — including an apartment complex and Central Radio, a family-run company that has served the Navy for decades — runs athwart of state law.

The ruling applies precision to legislation the General Assembly passed after the U.S. Supreme Court’s awful ruling in Kelo. Its careful parsing affirms an important principle that legislation enshrined: Government should not seize one person’s private property simply because it thinks someone else could use it better.

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