Thursday, June 30, 2005

Here's a Good Idea

Who owns your property?

WEARE, New Hampshire (AP) -- A critic of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that governments may seize private property for economic development is suggesting the process be used to replace Justice David Souter's New Hampshire home with a hotel."

The justification for such an eminent domain action is that our hotel will better serve the public interest as it will bring in economic development and higher tax revenue to Weare," Logan Darrow Clements wrote in a fax to town officials in Weare Tuesday.

Souter, a longtime Weare resident, joined in last week's 5-4 court decision that said governments may seize private property for private development, if doing so would benefit a community.

Clements is CEO of Los Angeles-based Freestar Media, which fights "abusive" government. "This is not a prank," he said in a news release on the Freestar Media web site.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

04-108 Kelo v. New London

Read the dissent starting page 27 in the PDF.

Government taking precedent over the rights of individuals is fascism. The excuse of the majority of the court is that New London is closer to the problem and deference should be given.

As with most SCOTUS decisions, the dissents are more fun to read. If you're a Justice on the losing side, you may as well rip some fur off the beast.