Talk of Proposed Recall
of Town Leaders Opposed To Seizure of Justice Souter's Home
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Souter-home campaign targets pols Justice's
town leaders oppose effort to seize property
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An advertising entrepreneur leading an effort to seize David
Souter's home in
response to the high court's controversial eminent domain
encouraging citizens to mount a campaign against leaders of
the justice's New
Logan Darrow Clements said today on "Joseph Farah's
program that the five members of the board of selectmen of
rejected his proposal to take Souter's property, prompting a
call for their
removal from office.
Clements wrote to the board, explaining he needed to find out
if they already
opposed the proposal so he would know whether it was worth the
money and effort
to produce a formal presentation.
Selectman Joseph Fiala replied, saying in conclusion, "While I
frustration with the offending decision of the Court, I hope
reconsider your position and take one I'm sure you are more
comfortable with -
that is to defend the property rights of all citizens, whether
we agree with
them or not. Peace, Joe Fiala, Weare Selectman"
But Clements contends Fiala doesn't understand that in taking
that position, he
is giving Souter special rights.
The Los Angeles entrepreneur is encouraging people to write to
board members "and explain that giving Mr. Souter a special
exemption from his
own ruling is not defending property rights, as they are
trying to assert."
"Equal justice under the law means we all are treated
equally," he said.
Clements said he's asking the residents of Weare to continue
ballot-initiative drive to circumvent the board and to
local laws allow them to remove the entire board of selectmen
"America now needs the assistance of the residents of Weare so
that the torch of
liberty can enlighten one who has so soundly turned his back
on all those who
died to keep it lit," Clements says on his website.
The town of Weare has been inundated with calls in support of
the proposal since
WND first publicized the story of how Clements plans to turn
against one of its champions.
Clements says he's received more than 5,000 e-mails and over
400 phone calls.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 two weeks ago that local
towns and cities can
seize homes and private businesses through eminent domain and
properties over to private developers for no other reason than
the fact that it
would result in higher tax revenues for the municipality.
A few days after the ruling, Clements faxed a request to Chip
Meany, the code
enforcement officer of Weare, seeking to start the application
process to build
a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road, the present location of
Clements wants to build "The Lost Liberty Hotel" on the
property as a kind of
museum commemorating the lost right to private property in
The Kelo v. City of New London decision allows the New London,
to seize the homes and businesses of residents to facilitate
the building of an
office complex that would provide economic benefits to the
area and more tax
revenue to the city.
Though the practice of eminent domain is provided for in the
Fifth Amendment of
the Constitution, the case is significant because the seizure
is for private
development and not for "public use," such as a highway or
bridge. The decision
has been roundly criticized by property-rights activists and