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August 15, 2005

News from the Constitution State

The Fairfield County Weekly reports more news from New London, Connecticut.

A New (London) Low
A refrigerator box under the bridge: The Kelo Seven prepares for the worst

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.

Via Reason's Hit & Run.

Update: It's always nice to see a post get links, and that's especially so for this one - since it involves our most fundamental right. (If you can't own property, then any other "rights" are yours solely at the pleasure of the government, since you can't afford to defend them without property.)

People who picked up on this one are Bill Hobbs and, from Bill, Doug Petch and Jazz Shaw at RunningScared.org. I'm hoping their readers have been spreading the word, too.

Posted by joke du jour at August 15, 2005 08:30 PM

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