FOUNDATION FOR MORAL LAW, JUDGE DEFEND PROPERTY OWNERS
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MONTGOMERY, AL: The Foundation for Moral Law, a Montgomery-based legal foundation dedicated to the defense of the United States Constitution and religious liberty, has joined with a local probate judge to defend Alabama property owners against condemnation proceedings by the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT).
ALDOT had sought condemnation orders on two privately-owned parcels of land in Elmore County, but Probate Judge John E. Enslen refused to grant the orders, ruling that ALDOT had failed to produce testimony of qualified appraisers to determine the amount of compensation due to the landowners. ALDOT sought and received a writ of mandamus from the circuit court ordering Judge Enslen to hold another hearing and issue the condemnation order. Judge Enslen appealed to the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals and retained the Foundation to assist in the appeal.
As Foundation President Kayla Moore explained, “The Foundation has taken this case because property rights are an essential component of liberty. The Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments guarantee property rights, as does the Alabama Constitution, and the Bible also recognizes property rights as we see in the commandments against stealing and coveting.”