Post Kelo

Some good news from Connecticut relating to the Supreme Court’s cloven-footed Kelo decision, which allowed the city of New London to invoke eminent domain in order to evict homeowners and make way for a private development scheme. It turns out that the homeowners haven’t yet, in fact, been evicted. Although the homeowners lost their lawsuit, the suit took so long to resolve and generated so much bad publicity for the city and for the development scheme that the entire project may not even be realized.

It sure would serve some kind of cosmic justice if this unhallowed development scheme got spiked. However, we’ll still be left with the Court’s sanction for these kind of confiscations. Since Renhquist and O’Connor both dissented from Kelo, their replacement by Roberts and Alito probably won’t change the Court’s collective opinion on this issue.