Property Rights and Judicial Activism

Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued its verdict in Kelo vs. City of New London, finding that the city had the right to condemn homes and force their sale so the land can be used by a private developer to build an office park, hotel, and health club.

I don’t think the Supreme Court has done anything in recent memory that is as universally reviled.

See Todd Zywicki, Cafe Hayek, and Don Sensing for typical reactions.

The case has even generated interesting discussions at work. Strong Democrats were singing the praises of Justices Scalia and Thomas, while more conservative types were advising moderation towards criticism of Justices Stevens and Ginsburg.

Personally, I agree with the critics. This is perhaps the worst Supreme Court act in recent memory.

UPDATE (2005-06-25): Ann Althouse has an interesting, well-argued dissenting view.