Oklahoma Supreme Court affirms Oklahoma State University eminent domain case
The Oklahoma Supreme Court says Oklahoma State University can use eminent domain to obtain the final piece of property it needed for an athletic village.
In an 8-1 decision, the state's highest court affirmed Payne County Judge Donald Worthington's 2007 ruling in the case. It authorized OSU to take title to the tiny ranch house a half-block from the Stillwater campus.
The Supreme Court remanded the case back to Worthington for a jury trial on how much the university must pay for the 631 square-foot property.
The previous owners, Kevin and Joel McCloskey, challenged whether OSU could use eminent domain, or the taking of private land for a public use, for the $316 million athletic complex.
They also claimed the university's Board of Regents was unconstitutional.