Tuesday, August 16, 2005


Kelo Case Cruelty

Not over yet

This seems unbelievable:
Those who believe in the adage 'when it rains, it pours' might take the tale of the plaintiffs in Kelo v. New London as a cue to buy two of every animal and a load of wood from Home Depot. The U.S. Supreme Court recently found that the city's original seizure of private property was constitutional under the principal of eminent domain, and now New London is claiming that the affected homeowners were living on city land for the duration of the lawsuit and owe back rent. It's a new definition of chutzpah: Confiscate land and charge back rent for the years the owners fought confiscation.

In some cases, their debt could amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Moreover, the homeowners are being offered buyouts based on the market rate as it was in 2000.
The article says that state law requires using 2000 market rates. I wonder whether the semi-public New London Development Corp., hired by the city to facilitate the deal, is just haggling with the losers in the case. Or is the NLDC, as one of the lawyers for the residents suggested, being greedy? Or merely vindictive?


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