Friday, February 10, 2006A couple of notes: (1) Let's be a bit more accurate. In essence a jury decided that compensation for taking the woman's home would have to be about 5 times what government had offered for it. (2) I wonder if this 5 to 1 ratio between court determined just compensation and the government offer is at all typical?
Tenant, 93, wins Ga. eminent domain case
By ELLIOTT MINOR
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
ALBANY, Ga. -- A jury decided that a Georgia hospital is going to have to pay nearly five times what it offered if it wants to condemn a rental house where a frail, 93-year-old woman has lived for nearly three decades.
The jury said Thursday that Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital would have to buy the 60-year-old brick duplex for $200,000 - it has been appraised at $50,000 to $60,000 - and give the tenant $51,000 to help her move from her home of 26 years.
'It just proves that no one can assume absolute power over someone's life without having to answer to the legal system,' said attorney Eddy Meeks, who represented the tenant, Julia Lemon, and the home's owner, Julie Montgomery.
Lemon, who walks with a cane, said she wished she could stay in the home.
'I lost my husband, a son, my daughter and a granddaughter while I was living here. So I've got a lot of memories, some happy, some sad,' she said as she watched television from an easy chair in a bedroom.
Phoebe, southwest Georgia's largest hospital, condemned the property last year so that it could expand a child development center for employees' children. Phoebe officials said they may appeal the verdict.
Friday, February 10, 2006