Thursday, July 07, 2005

If not for spite, then what for?

It appears that eminent domain has a very broad boundary. Based on a recent Supreme Court decision, the high court ruled in a brief written by Justice David Souter (See the "Kelo vs. City of New London" decision) that local governments may seize private property if the government will generate greater tax revenue or other economic benefits when the land is developed – all under the umbrella of eminent domain.

But America would not be the great country that it is were it not for citizens to manipulate judical rulings into bad karma. One group has walked Souter’s brief right up his own doorstep. On June 27,
Freestar Media, LLC informed the Towne of Weare, New Hampshire that it wants to begin the permit process to build a hotel on land owned by Justice Souter. If successful – and it’s quite possible – Souter’s estate could become the “Lost Liberty Hotel.”

After all, wouldn’t a new hotel generate more tax revenue for Weare than a single-family residence?

Read more from Freestar’s press release here.

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