Quite a day for the Iraqis. I would be very surprised if the people counting the vote weren't being besieged to leak the latest count. The candidates will want to being jockeying for postion just as quickly as they can...if they aren't already. There's a massive amount of work ahead for that winning group of people. And the world will be watching.
Been thinking about this Eminent Domain business. Did a bit of checking. People all across the nation are losing their homes and/or property because of it. There are law firms who specialize in that field. I got on Google and found a brief explanation:
'When the government condemns private property for public use, the private property owner must receive just compensation, which generally means the fair market value of the property taken. This is often referred to as a taking of property. During the formal condemnation process, the property owner generally receives notice and an opportunity to contest the amount of
compensation she received for the property in court. In such condemnation cases, the property owner is entitled to the full fair market value of the property taken based on its highest and best use and any damage caused to the remaining portion as a result of the loss. Fair market value of property is based on its highest and best use under existing zoning rules."
What's not mentioned in the paragraph above is the fact that if the property owner refuses that compensation and fights the taking, they take it anyway...unless a lawyer steps in.
This happens with local, state and federal entities all. Sometimes it is for the public good as in preserving wilderness sites. Now consider Alaska's wilderness. The oil corps want to drill there. Think $$$. Is that for the public good?
Consider the plight of the lady Cate spoke about. They wish to take the property her home sits on to build a mall. That's a developer. Also the city since the mall will produce more tax proceeds than the lady's home property tax will. Can that be for the public good?
It seems to me that when Eminent Domain is invoked it's for the purpose of either the public good or flat out for $$$. And once that particular gov't entity decides, for instance, that an area is "blighted"--whether it's old industrial warehouses or a rundown neighborhood, that area is a goner. They will take it, and only the legal system can stop that from happening. Even then it's no sure thing. So just because you've spent many years working to buy a property and the mortgage or loan is paid off is no guarantee it will always belong to you. A sad state of affairs.
Usually, the only thing a person can do, if they don't have the money to hire a lawyer and stage a lengthy court battle, is negotiate with the taker as best you're able for the best deal, then take the money and run. The only consolation is to believe that every ending is a new beginning.
That's a wrap.