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Postby hastur » Thu Jun 23, 2005 10:14 am

High court OKs personal property seizures
Majority: Local officials know how best to help cities

Thursday, June 23, 2005; Posted: 10:50 a.m. EDT (14:50 GMT)


WASHINGTON (AP) -- -- The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that local governments may seize people's homes and businesses -- even against their will -- for private economic development.

It was a decision fraught with huge implications for a country with many areas, particularly the rapidly growing urban and suburban areas, facing countervailing pressures of development and property ownership rights.

The 5-4 ruling represented a defeat for some Connecticut residents whose homes are slated for destruction to make room for an office complex. They argued that cities have no right to take their land except for projects with a clear public use, such as roads or schools, or to revitalize blighted areas.

As a result, cities have wide power to bulldoze residences for projects such as shopping malls and hotel complexes to generate tax revenue.

Local officials, not federal judges, know best in deciding whether a development project will benefit the community, justices said.

"The city has carefully formulated an economic development that it believes will provide appreciable benefits to the community, including -- but by no means limited to -- new jobs and increased tax revenue," Justice John Paul Stevens wrote for the majority.

He was joined by Justice Anthony Kennedy, David H. Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer.

At issue was the scope of the Fifth Amendment, which allows governments to take private property through eminent domain if the land is for "public use."

Susette Kelo and several other homeowners in a working-class neighborhood in New London, Connecticut, filed suit after city officials announced plans to raze their homes for a riverfront hotel, health club and offices.

New London officials countered that the private development plans served a public purpose of boosting economic growth that outweighed the homeowners' property rights, even if the area wasn't blighted.

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who has been a key swing vote on many cases before the court, issued a stinging dissent. She argued that cities should not have unlimited authority to uproot families, even if they are provided compensation, simply to accommodate wealthy developers.

The lower courts had been divided on the issue, with many allowing a taking only if it eliminates blight.

"Any property may now be taken for the benefit of another private party, but the fallout from this decision will not be random," O'Connor wrote. "The beneficiaries are likely to be those citizens with disproportionate influence and power in the political process, including large corporations and development firms."

She was joined in her opinion by Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, as well as Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas.






So now the local idiots in office can 'steal' your home for speculation of future tax dollar revenue
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Postby Homeless » Thu Jun 23, 2005 10:18 am

This is disgusting and goes against everything this country is founded upon.

Way too much big brother over recent yrs. :-t :-t :-#
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Postby Sixxgunn » Thu Jun 23, 2005 10:26 am

Homeless wrote:This is disgusting and goes against everything this country is founded upon.

Way too much big brother over recent yrs. :-t :-t :-#



I agree. When people first came here, they would stake a claim and the land was theirs. Meaning you own it. Next they will be taking food off your plate because they are hungry. I'm waiting to hear about the "psycho" who trys to defend his home by barricading himself in heavily armed to keep the government from taking what is lawfully his. I hope it happens, because someone needs to get the point across that we won't just lay down and have our rights trampled on like the people in the countries we invade to try and "save" them.
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Postby Tiki » Thu Jun 23, 2005 10:28 am

WTF!? How that possible! That is very wrong :-t :-#
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Postby 34=Sweetness » Thu Jun 23, 2005 10:48 am

This is just like when the government would seize lands that belonged to Native Americans, except now its happening to us. How could this pass? :-t
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Postby kanezfan11 » Thu Jun 23, 2005 11:07 am

Bull. :-t

They try and compensate the people by giving them like fair-market value for their houses, but that's usually $150,000-$200,000 less than you could actually get by selling it.

Atleast we know for sure now that there are four good people that put into that vote, the other five need to be either slapped over the head or put in a situation where their homes could just be wiped away.
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Postby Redskins Win » Thu Jun 23, 2005 12:01 pm

This is ridiculous. Way to Go Sandy Baby too bad your vote didn't help.
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Postby Flockers » Thu Jun 23, 2005 12:04 pm

Completely twisted. :-t
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Postby Cornbread Maxwell » Thu Jun 23, 2005 3:23 pm

How did Socialists come to control our Supreme Court?
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Postby Flockers » Thu Jun 23, 2005 4:39 pm

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