Wednesday, August 24, 2005

CES: Un-freaking-believable

Warning: This post contains very bad language.

Commies Eat Shit - This is from the Fairfield County Weekly article A New (London) Low:
Those who believe in the adage "when it rains, it pours" might take the tale of the plaintiffs in Kelo v. New London as a cue to buy two of every animal and a load of wood from Home Depot. 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. It's a new definition of chutzpah: Confiscate land and charge back rent for the years the owners fought confiscation.

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.


And there are more storms on the horizon. In June 2004, NLDC sent the seven affected residents a letter indicating that after the completion of the case, the city would expect to receive retroactive "use and occupancy" payments (also known as "rent") from the residents.

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. Any money made from tenants [some residents' only form of income] would also have to be paid to the city.

With language seemingly lifted straight from The Goonies, 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.

A lawyer for the residents, Scott Bullock, responded to the letter on July 8, 2004, asserting that the NLDC had agreed to forgo rents as part of a pretrial agreement in which the residents in turn agreed to a hastened trial schedule. Bullock called the NLDC's effort at obtaining back rent "a new low."

"It seems like it is simply a desperate attempt by a nearly broke organization to try to come up with more funds to perpetuate its own existence," Bullock wrote. He vowed to respond to any lawsuit with another.

With the case nearly closed, the NLDC may soon make good on its promise to sue. Jeremy Paul, an associate UConn law dean who teaches property law, says it's not clear who might prevail in a legal battle over rent. "From a political standpoint, the city might be better off trying to reach some settlement with the homeowners," he says.

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 grand. "I'd leave here broke," says Kelo. "I wouldn't have a home or any money to get one. I could probably get a large-size refrigerator box and live under the bridge."

That's one way to get out of the rain.

Shazam! Let's take their property and charge them for the convenience of living. How else can we screw these people? We'll just keep making up stupid shit since the SCOTUS has shown a complete disdain for the document they're sworn to uphold.

How can these shitheads sleep at night? How can the Commie 5 refuse to revisit this case after they see the destruction wrought by their egregious decision?

Red Guy in a Blue State has been corresponding with Dave Goebel, the C.O.O. of the New London Development Corp. Surprisingly, Mr. Goebel responded to Red Guy's message and, along with some other rationalizations, had this to say about people criticizing this latest abomination:
4. This was all about money. Had we been able to pay the residents what they wanted, all would have been happy. But, state statue [sic] does not permit that. Not here and not in Fairfield.
I find it interesting that you chose to comment on this based on a July 14th article. That is over one month ago. It is odd that people's passions get aroused one month after the article is published. And, you might be interested to know that I received one other comment from the Fairfield area as well, based on the same article. Seems odd to me.
So, the statute of limitations for criticism is less than a month? That fucking "seems odd to me", too. I'll criticize anytime I want, you asshat! Isn't that the new Lib'tard definition of "Patriotism"?

This decision has infuriated me like no other. I'm going to the range tonight to exercise my 2nd Amendment Right to Keep and Bear Arms (while it still exists) and shoot the hell out of some imaginary bastards.
/cursing off

Hat tip: Barb at Righty in a Lefty State.

Sometimes I'm a bit slow to find stuff. There's lots more commentary and info at The Truth Laid Bear's Kelo topic page.