The Supreme Court's abhorrent decision in the landmark Kelo v. New London case gave municipalities the ability to use eminent domain to take private land not for public uses such as roads or bridges, but for private, for-profit development.
I wonder if the five Justices on the majority side gave any thought to their own homes when they handed the decision down? Freestar Media has. From their press release:
Could a hotel be built on the land owned by Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter? A new ruling by the Supreme Court which was supported by Justice Souter himself itself might allow it. A private developer is seeking to use this very law to build a hotel on Souter's land.
On Monday June 27, Logan Darrow Clements, faxed a request to Chip Meany the code enforcement officer of the Towne of Weare, New Hampshire seeking to start the application process to build a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road. This is the present location of Mr. Souter's home.
Clements, CEO of Freestar Media, LLC, points out that the City of Weare will certainly gain greater tax revenue and economic benefits with a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road than allowing Mr. Souter to own the land.
The proposed development, called "The Lost Liberty Hotel" will feature the "Just Desserts Café" and include a museum, open to the public, featuring a permanent exhibit on the loss of freedom in America. Instead of a Gideon's Bible each guest will receive a free copy of Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged."
It all looks like poetic justice for this Justice.
Al Barger needs to get in touch with the good folks at Freestar. Hat tip to Gregg Puls.