- Associated Press - Friday, July 3, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld property owner Mike Crook’s challenge to a city of Madison ordinance he argues was designed to keep renters out of the Jackson suburb.

Crook was convicted in 2011 of violating the ordinance and fined $600. The state Court of Appeals denied Crook’s appeal in 2014.

The Supreme Court on Thursday threw out Crook’s conviction and fine.

City officials say Crook didn’t post a $10,000 bond required under the ordinance despite numerous letters and phone calls to him.

Crook argues charging landlords a $10,000 bond to rent in a home is a way to keep renters out.



The Supreme Court ruled the ordinance is flawed. It said a warrant provision is insufficient to safeguard landlords’ and tenants’ right of freedom from unreasonable searches.

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