If I were a Washington DC city councilman, I'd publish Stevens' address in the Washington Post and invite local developers to submit bids for his property. The highest bidder, if the bid meets the Supreme Court requirement of "just compensation," should be handed the deed to his property.Then today I read this:
After all, what these geniuses have decreed is this: If a local government can realize more tax revenue by ordering the confiscation of private property (a developer takes possession, scrapes the existing structure, and builds a McDonald's on the site, increasing its value and corresponding tax contribution to the government), so be it. (link)
Press ReleaseI may have picked a different justice to go after but that is beside the point. I think our Supreme Court justices, all of whom seem to live the cloistered Washington DC life, should get a full understanding of the impact - on a personal level - of their rulings.
For Release Monday, June 27 to New Hampshire media
For Release Tuesday, June 28 to all other media
Weare, New Hampshire (PRWEB) Could a hotel be built on the land owned by Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter? A new ruling by the Supreme Court which was supported by Justice Souter himself itself might allow it. A private developer is seeking to use this very law to build a hotel on Souter's land.
Justice Souter's vote in the "Kelo vs. City of New London" decision allows city governments to take land from one private owner and give it to another if the government will generate greater tax revenue or other economic benefits when the land is developed by the new owner.
On Monday June 27, Logan Darrow Clements, faxed a request to Chip Meany the code enforcement officer of the Towne of Weare, New Hampshire seeking to start the application process to build a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road. This is the present location of Mr. Souter's home.
Clements, CEO of Freestar Media, LLC, points out that the City of Weare will certainly gain greater tax revenue and economic benefits with a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road than allowing Mr. Souter to own the land. (link*)
I have to say, I'm going to enjoy watching this story unfold.
* I'm not familiar with this site so accept the story with that disclaimer.