6.23.2005

Your 'Property' Means Nothing

Supreme Court Rules Cities May Seize Homes
See you may be standing in the if you actually think that "owning" a a home or property actually means anything if Big Business & Big Government think they can make a buck:

A divided Supreme Court ruled that local governments may seize people's homes and businesses against their will for private development in a decision anxiously awaited in communities where economic growth conflicts with individual property rights.

Thursday's 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.
Yes, we always equate "private development" with "public use" if by 'public use' you mean "we're gonna turn it into upscale condos, shopping and other business where even the parking isn't free"...
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.
In other words: "if there is a buck to be made then you must fuck off 'cuz you're holding everyone back!"

The really really sad thing? Scalia, Thomas & Rehnquist were the "resonable" folks, along by O'Connor (who dated Rehnquist in law school if memory serves) here. Amazing. We guess that 'Constitution in Exile' thing doesn't want it's home taken either:
"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."
You got that right boyo, you got that right...

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