As if we needed another reason to illuminate the need for Supreme Court justices that are strict constructionists (i.e., they follow the Constitution, not some touchy-feely “living, breathing document” doctrinal BS) this one is it:
Supreme Court Rules Cities May Seize Homes
By HOPE YEN
The Associated Press
Thursday, June 23, 2005; 11:13 AM
WASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court ruled Thursday 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 often is at war with individual property 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 now have wide power to bulldoze residences for projects such as shopping malls and hotel complexes in order to generate tax revenue.
Read the entire article here. I cannot tell you how appalled I am at the decisions this very liberal court is reaching. These are assaults on the basic tenets of what America is. Ladies and gentlemen, we are living in interesting times, as the old Chinese curse goes…