According to a recent Supreme Court decision, government (including local government) can seize my property by eminent domain for whatever reason they see fit. It is one thing if they want to build a highway, or a school, but now if they think a shopping center, or a hotel might be good there, they can seize my land and sell it to the developer. So if some developer decides he want to build something where your property is, and he has friends on the local town board, or city council or whatever, he can get your property and there is nothing you can do about it. Is this a scary thought or what?
Here is what Justice John Paul Stevens wrote: “The city has carefully formulated an economic development that it believes will provide appreciable benefits to the community, including — but by no means limited to — new jobs and increased tax revenue.” He was joined by Justice Anthony Kennedy, David H. Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer.
Dissenting were Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, Justice Antonin Scalia and Justice Clarence Thomas.
Frankly it doesn’t sound like JUSTICE to me!