SUPREME COURT JUSTICE COULD LOSE HOME IN EMINENT DOMAIN SHOWDOWN
One of the most obnoxious Supreme Court decisions of all time was the eminent domain ruling last year that said the government can seize your home if it can get more tax revenue by selling it to someone else. Since the local government sets the taxes, that puts the decision to take your home completely in their hands. Anyone getting mad yet? Apparently some people are:
Justice David Souter, one of the legal geniuses behind this ruling, is now facing a vote in March to see if he loses his own home. The town of Weare, New Hampshire, population 8,500, will vote on whether a new business, the Lost Liberty Inn, gets to buy the Judge’s 200-year-old home out from under him. Word is that the town will probably defeat the measure, but the fact that the Justice has to wonder if he’s going to be evicted, is sweet payback indeed. What does it really mean if we only get to stay in our homes, based on the whims of the local government? Can we still talk about owning a home anymore, or is that concept over? What about the vast potential for governmental abuse here? What if someone in power - or in this case, some political activists - just want to punish you with this? Oh well. Let us know how the vote turns out, Judge. Maybe we can collect some cardboard boxes for you, if you have to move.