The Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision broadened the right of local governments to seize property for private development in Kelo et al v. City of New London, 04-108. Read the story here.
In dissent, Justice O'Connor wrote: "The specter of condemnation hangs over all property... Nothing is to prevent the state from replacing any Motel 6 with a Ritz-Carlton, any home with a shopping mall, or any farm with a factory."
Not a surprise, the majority in this case was the mostly the liberal wing of the court - Stevens, Souter, Ginsburg and Breyer. Justice Anthony Kennedy also joined the majority.
A case like this, which endangers the individual's right to own private property, highlights even more the need for judges on the court who will respect the constitution and not stretch it to fit the liberal agenda.
The only way this will happen is by electing more Republican Senators who will break any Democrat filibuster of judges.