Friday, June 24, 2005
This latest Supreme Court ruling is one of the most dangerous we've seen since Roe v. Wade.
The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that local governments may seize people's homes and businesses — even against their will — for private economic development.So unless you live in one of the following states, you too could lose your property to a strip mall:
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.
Local officials, not federal judges, know best in deciding whether a development project will benefit the community, justices said.
ArkansasAny state not listed here needs to pass legislation at the earliest possible moment to keep eminent domain from stealing your homes. It is just too easy to abuse this law.
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