Homeowners protest eminent domain decision
(Note: The "few dozen" people said to have been at this rally numbered in the several hundred, as is clearly evident in the video. As usual, the major muzzled media dare not anger their masters and tell the truth.)
July 5, 2005
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New London, Connecticut - Homeowners from all over the country gathered in New London on Tuesday to protest the Supreme Court's eminent domain decision.
A few dozen people turned out from around the country Tuesday night to protest.
They came from states like Texas, Kentucky, and New Jersey speaking out against the Supreme Court's decision on eminent domain.
The catalyst was New London's decision to take private waterfront property away from its owners and turn it into a major development hotel convention center retail and departments.
Last month the Supreme Court ruled the city could do this because of the economic benefit it would provide to the city. The court said that justified the public use clause of eminent domain.
Since then there has been outrage from homeowners and small business owners across the country, some of whom have turned out for this protest.
Death threats have been made against City Council and the mayor and there have been many protests like Tuesday's.
People are concerned that private property can now be taken for private use.
"The people at the bottom are the ones who are gonna lose. It's the collusion of big government and big business and that's a terrible partnership," said Kathy Gornik, who is against the ruling.
"Some business owner and some local official are gonna get together and look at a piece of property and say if we could just get Bubba off that corner we could make a lot of money. The Supreme Court said we will not stand in the way of that," said Chris Derry, who is also against the ruling.
The city of New London says it needs the land because it is in a dire economic condition.
Copyright 2005, WSFB.
values now an issue in eminent domain
New London, Connecticut - With a
long-running lawsuit over, homeowners and New London officials are now
turning their attention to the monetary value of houses and property
being taken to make way for a commercial development.
Kelo said her challenge was never about money,
but was a matter of principle.
Others argue that government often compromises the financial well-being of property owners when it seizes properties.
For example, critics say elderly
residents who have paid off their mortgages may have trouble finding a
home of comparable quality in the current market.
Because the city
has technically owned the houses since 2000, its lawyers believe
residents were living in the houses as tenants free of charge as the
The city says the accounting, which the owners
never submitted, was intended to square what might be owed to each side
at the end of the trial.
Copyright 2005, The Record-Journal.
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