28 June 2005

Souter Faces Kelo Backlash

Following up on the Kelo eminent domain decision in SCOTUS last week, this is rather interesting:

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.

The proposed development, called “The Lost Liberty Hotel” will feature the “Just Desserts CafĂ©” and include a museum, open to the public, featuring a permanent exhibit on the loss of freedom in America. Instead of a Gideon’s Bible each guest will receive a free copy of Ayn Rand's novel “Atlas Shrugged.”


I have several immediate reactions to this. The first is, “Wow, NICE, that’s really clever!!” which is followed closely by “Geez, that’s a pretty drastic thing to do, despite his role in Kelo” and then “Well, however it ends up, it’ll be a good object lesson for him about the ramifications of his rulings.”

In the end, I hope/suspect that this will end up not going much of anywhere. But, if it makes Souter and his compatriots aware that the American citizenry is fully prepared to use their crappy decisions against them, perhaps it’ll make them think twice before pilfering liberties like they did last week.

(Hat tip: Volokh, though this has been linked all over the place)

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