Thursday, June 23, 2005

Robbing the Poor to Feed the Rich

Kelo v. New London CT upheld; the government is now free to seize private property so that would-be real estate developers don't have to go through the trouble of like, buying property on the open market, which is, you know, a total pain in the ass. Real estate developers simply can't be expected to go through all that trouble, not when the government could just take what they want and give it to them for free.

As Justice O'Connor put it, "The government now has license to transfer property from those with fewer resources to those with more. The Founders cannot have intended this perverse result."

Background, from NYTimes.FindLaw.com

2 comments:

  1. Dude. Let me tell you what a bitch it's been trying to learn the subtleties of Property Law this last week (I still know nothing, despite over 15 hours of trying) - the piece de resistance of the whole voyage is to get to the eminent domain business at the back of the outline, which offers that, so long as there is SOME public purpose (and, I mean, that purpose need not be identifiable), the government can take, and then 'justly compensate' the owners the market value.

    So one of the examples the book gives is a private garage used to store cars for a repair shop. Government takes this garage, razes it, sells to a nice corporation (maybe Halliburton), that erects a high rise on the property. The public connection? They promise to put a park on the roof of their parking structure.

    True fkn story, yo.
    Take the bar exam for me.

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