Posted by Brian at 10:30 AM
Bad press may beat a Supreme Court decision
Interesting story from the NY Times about New London, CT since the now infamous Kelo decision.
Five months after the United States Supreme Court set off a national debate by ruling that the City of New London could seize their property through eminent domain to make way for new private development, no one has been forced to leave.
No bulldozers have arrived to level the last houses still standing, and none are expected soon.
Even though the holdouts lost their case, and the development that would displace them finally seems free to go forward, construction has not begun, and some elements of the project have been effectively paralyzed since the court ruling prompted a political outcry.
Something that got lost in the shuffle over this decision, which felt wrong but followed existing precedent, is that the Supreme Court's decision essentially said that this sort of thing is supposed to be decided at the local and state level, and that the Court has no business getting involved in those kinds of decisions.
And that seems to be what has heppened here. Public outcry and outrage has slowed the process of seizing the homes. Now, it may not make a difference in the long run, but what the Kelo decision did was awake homeowners to the potential for the use of eminent domain, and they're started making it an issue for people who are running for office. And anything that bolsters local political involvement is a good thing in my book.