Sam Johnson: Supreme Court goes too far

SCOTUS ruling “absurd, unjustified and illogical”

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Washington, June 23, 2005 | McCall Cameron ((202) 225-4201) | comments
Today U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (3rd Dist.-Texas) issued the following statement blasting a recent decision by the United States Supreme Court that cities may confiscate land, essentially repealing the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution, also known as eminent domain. According to the Associated Press, “A divided Supreme Court ruled Thursday that local governments may seize people's homes and businesses against their will for private development in a decision anxiously awaited in communities where economic growth often is at war with individual property rights.”
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Today U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (3rd Dist.-Texas) issued the following statement blasting a recent decision by the United States Supreme Court that cities may confiscate land, essentially repealing the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution, also known as eminent domain.
According to the Associated Press, “A divided Supreme Court ruled Thursday that local governments may seize people's homes and businesses against their will for private development in a decision anxiously awaited in communities where economic growth often is at war with individual property rights.”

In this case, the ruling impacts Connecticut families whose homes are on the chopping block so a hotel, health club and office complex may be built. Of those slated to be moved is a married couple in their 80s who have lived in the same house for over 50 years.

The Constitution states one may not “be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” Today’s decision deserves special attention because of the reach of the Fifth Amendment, which allows governments to take private property through eminent domain if the land is for “public use.”

“Today’s ruling is absurd, unjustified and illogical.

“Since when can you lose your home in this country because of a court ruling? This was in Connecticut, not Cuba!

“Talk about power grab! The Supreme Court has gone too far.

“It will be interesting to see how this decision plays out in communities across America.”

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