Re: Mother Fucking Eminent Domain
Clarence Thomas, Atonin Scalia and O'Connor dissented.
"The fallout from this decision will not be random."
The winners, she wrote, "are likely to be those citizens with disproportionate influence and power in the political process."
Thomas reminded his colleagues that so-called "urban renewal" programs had historically bulldozed minorities and the poor.
"And even if people are paid well for their homes, Thomas wrote, no compensation is possible for the subjective value of these lands to the individuals displaced and the indignity inflicted by uprooting them."
The dissenting justices - outnumbered, 5-4 - seemed shocked that their otherwise intelligent colleagues had such blind faith in politicians acting on good intentions.
CERTAINLY, THEY DON'T HAVE BLIND FAITH. IF THEY DO THEN THEY OUGHT NOT TO BE SITTING ON THE BENCH OF THE HIGHEST COURT IN THE LAND!!
"The government now has license to transfer property from those with fewer resources to those with more," O'Connor tersely concluded.
"The Founders cannot have intened this perverse result."
Mayor Tim Kreischer in Ventnor, loves to talk about his redevelopment plans for the neighborhood between the ocean and the bay.
He wants to demolish 126 buildings, mom and pop shops, $200,000 homes, and makeshift apartments housing casino workers and erect sleek luxury condos, high end specialty sotres, and a parking garage.
He beat one lawsuit and has one to go.
Taken from the Philadelphia Inquirer.