Clarksville, TN Eminent Domain Protest

Swift v. Clarksville Property Rights Coalition
Vindicating the Right to Protest Eminent Domain Abuse:
Clarksville, Tenn., Activists Fight Frivolous Lawsuit

Richard Swift and Wayne Wilkinson are developers in Clarksville, Tenn., who are using the power of government to benefit developers—and they sued citizens, demanding $500,000, simply for saying so.

The Clarksville Property Rights Coalition, a grassroots group formed to fight the eminent domain abuse, ran an ad in the local newspaper criticizing elected officials and developers for backing a redevelopment plan including eminent domain. Swift is a developer and a member of the Clarksville City Council, and Wilkinson is a member of Clarksville’s Downtown District Partnership.

These thin-skinned bullies are trying to silence and intimidate their critics with frivolous litigation. But all citizens have a First Amendment right to speak out against government abuse—without getting sued for their speech by the very people whose actions they are protesting.

IJ stepped in to defend the CPRC and its members and set an example that activists fighting eminent domain abuse will not be silenced by such attempts at censorship.

Essential Background

 

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Backgrounder: Vindicating the Right to Protest Eminent Domain Abuse: Tennesseans Sued by Thin-Skinned Politician and Developers Fight Back

 

Client Photos

 

Client Video - none available

   

Latest Release: Activists Win Free Speech Fight in Clarksville, Tenn. (March 30, 2009)

 

Legal Briefs and Decisions

 

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 Launch Release: Sued for Protesting Eminent Domain Abuse: Clarksville, Tenn., Activists Fight Frivolous Lawsuit Filed by Thin-Skinned Politician and Developers (June 30, 2008)

 

 
     

Case Timeline

Lawsuit Filed:

 

May 9, 2008

IJ Filed Motion to Dismiss:

 

June 30, 2008

Court Filed:

 

Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Tenn.

Decision(s):

 

none available

Current Court:

 

TBA

Status:

 

TBA

Next Key Date:

 

TBD

     

Additional Releases

 

Maps, Charts and Facts

Release: Clarksville Activists Ask Court to Dismiss Frivolous Lawsuit (March 4, 2009)

 

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Op-eds, News Articles and Links

 

Article: Right to Protest Eminent Domain Abuse Vindicated in Tennessee; Liberty & Law (June 2009)

Article: Vindicating the Right to Protest Eminent Domain Abuse; Liberty & Law (October 2008)


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