Another one especially for Americans here.

The Fifth Amendment states : “No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” – My bold.

Well the SCOTUS decided yesterday 5/4 that a previous State decision, namely that “for public use” included rebuilding an area to increase local economic prosperity, should stand. This means that from now on in the USA private homes can be forceably purchased by the States if they believe the land would be better used to provide local employment. Think about that for a minute – if WalMart or any strip-mall now wants to build where your house stands they can ask the State to force you to vacate the property.

Links : CNN, Slashdot, Culture Wars, Positive Liberty and BoingBoing.