Thursday, June 23, 2005

Supreme Court 1; Anti-Stadium Activists 0

There was some concern that a Supreme Court case on the validity of emininent domain in cases of private re-development would hamper DC's ability to construct the new stadium.

That hurdle has been cleared.
Splitting 5-4, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that a local government may seize private property for purposes of profit-making private re-development, declaring that this constitutes a "public use" under the Constitution. (Kelo v. New London, 04-108).

Now there are only about 452 more hurdles to clear.

Here's an AP Article with more information about the case.


  • Clever! ;)

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 6/23/2005 10:59 AM  

  • I have to comment that I think this is a horribly misguided and dangerous decision. Public endeavours such as hospitals, schools, fire stations, etc have a expectation of support and a definitive immediate tangible gain. Private re-development is nothing but a gamble. However good that gamble might be I don't think there is any room for chance when you're dealing with the seizure of private property for private development.

    I'm happy that the Nats don't have this to worry about, but I'm far from happy with the decision.

    By Blogger Harper, at 6/23/2005 6:14 PM  

  • Yeah, I'm certainly not a fan of the decision either.

    And judging by all the reactions I've read, that's definitely not a minority opinion.

    I imagine there'll be three Congressmen introducing Amendments by sunup tomorrow!

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 6/23/2005 8:11 PM  

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