Sunday, August 07, 2005

Reaction to Kelo and Eminent Domain

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has more on the reaction to the Kelo decision:
"This is very simple," said (Steven) Anderson (of the Institute for Justice). "Does the government have the right to take your property because someone else claims they're going to do something better with it? That resonates with everybody." ...

"I think a lot of public officials like the ruling," said (University of Wisconsin political scientist and law professor Donald) Downs, an expert on the Supreme Court, but "it's sort of hard for a public official to come out and say, 'I support the power of the state against these homeowners.' It's a hard position to take."
Some of the Justices seem to agree:
In her dissent, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor protested that "under the banner of economic development, all private property is now vulnerable to being taken and transferred to another private owner, so long as it might be upgraded."
Yep. Sounds like quite a few state legislatures may act against this.

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