Thursday, August 18, 2005

What we need here is an eminent ass-kicking

From The Fairfield Weekly, re: Kelo v. New London (edited a bit, to save you from some fairly shitty writing):

The U.S. Supreme Court recently found that the city's original seizure of private property was constitutional under the principal of eminent domain, and now New London is claiming that the affected homeowners were living on city land for the duration of the lawsuit and owe back rent...

In some cases, their debt could amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Moreover, the homeowners are being offered buyouts based on the market rate as it was in 2000...

Matt Dery and his neighbors in Fort Trumbull learned that the city planned to replace their homes with a hotel, a conference center, offices and upscale housing that would complement the adjoining Pfizer Inc. research facility.

The city, citing eminent domain, condemned their homes, told them to move and began leveling surrounding houses. Dery and six of his neighbors fought the takeover, but five years later, on June 23, ...the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the city could claim the property for economic development...

The New London Development Corp., the semi-public organization hired by the city to facilitate the deal, is offering residents the market rate as it was in 2000, as state law requires...

In June 2004, NLDC sent the seven affected residents a letter... In the letter, lawyers argued that because the takeover took place in 2000, the residents had been living on city property for nearly five years, and would therefore owe rent for the duration of their stay at the close of the trial...

NLDC's lawyers wrote, "We know your clients did not expect to live in city-owned property for free, or rent out that property and pocket the profits, if they ultimately lost the case." They warned that "this problem will only get worse with the passage of time," and that the city was prepared to sue for the money if need be...

An NLDC estimate assessed Dery for $6,100 per month since the takeover, a debt of more than $300K. One of his neighbors, case namesake Susette Kelo, who owns a single-family house with her husband, learned she would owe in the ballpark of ($57,000).

Why don't you let those absolute gutter shitbags in New London know what you think?

CEO of the New London Development Corporation, David Goebel
Phone: (860) 447-8011
Fax: (860) 447-3833

Officers of the Board of Directors:

Michael W. Joplin, President
(860) 526-0006
AME Development

Ronald W. Nossek
(860) 678-6000
Kostin Ruffkess & Company, LLC.

Karl-Erik Sternlof, Esq.
1st Vice President
(860) 889-3321
Brown Jacobson.

Samayla D. Deutch, Esq.
Second Vice President
(212) 629-3981
Open Space Institute, Inc.

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