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August 05, 2005

More Kelo fallout

From WorldNetDaily...

In a twist on this summer's Supreme Court decision allowing a Connecticut city to seize private land and turn it over to developers, a New Jersey appeals panel has OK'd the taking of property from developers to assure the area remains as open space.

The decision by the three-judge state court, handed down Tuesday, allows the township of Mount Laurel, N.J., to take a 16-acre tract from developer Michael Procacci and his company, Mipro Homes, which planned to build 23 homes on the land....

Mipro's attorney, Jeffrey Baron, said the ruling will be appealed to the state's Supreme Court.

"It disregards completely the need for open space and concentrates only on the municipality's right to take property – not because it needs it but because it wants it," Baron told AP.

The big question I'd like to see addressed more is the factor that corruption and graft will inevitably play in such decisions. Handing such power to a handful of people is begging for abuse.

Related coverage: Professor Bainbridge

Posted by Danny Carlton at August 5, 2005 11:20 AM

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We no longer have a gov't of, by, and FOR the people. The use of Eminent Domain is being perverted by 9 unelected judges in Washington solely for the purpose of collecting more taxes.
They continue to twist the CLEAR language of the constitution to suit their own views and to the detriment of the PEOPLE! Now the gov't owns everything! The people own NOTHING!
This is not what the founders intended and I don't care what the "Supreme" court says.
Watch the graft begin now!!!

Posted by: Charles Nienhaus at August 5, 2005 04:21 PM

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