May 27th, 2009


Why you should oppose Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court

It's not her racism. It's this:

You remember the obscenity that was the Supreme Court's decision in Kelo vs. New London, which makes anyone's property subject to seizure if someone argues that giving to someone else will bring in more tax revenue. Here's something even more vile: Didden vs. Village of Port Chester.

Didden was a guy who owned some land and wanted to build a pharmacy on it. The land was in a redevelopment district in Port Chester, and one  Greg Wasser was given control over the district. Wasser went to Didden and gave him this choice: either give him a cut of the pharmacy,  give him $800,000, or watch him have the property condemned so that Wasser could put up the pharmacy himself--the latter is what happened.

Sotomayor was a part of the Second Circuit panel of judges who agreed, in a one-sentence analysis, with the district court that there was absolutely nothing wrong with what Wasser did.

Nobody who would think that that kind of extortion is legitimate deserves to be on the bench in any court.
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