Good News from Weare, N.H.

You may remember some time ago after the Supreme Court announced its unsurprising ruling in Kelo v. New London, that a group of protestors, led by Logan Darrow Clements, began a publicity campaign to seize Justice Souter’s home in Weare in retaliation for his vote as a part of the five-justice majority in the case. Law Professor Glenn Reynolds encouraged the effort, although Randy Barnett and others were more circumspect. I took the whole thing pretty seriously, and earned a counter-post from Eugene Volokh, who thought that the Clements campaign was protected by the First Amendment even if he was attempting to retaliate against a Justice for acts in his official capacity.

In any event, the citizens of Weare, N.H., rejected Clements’ campaign over the weekend. By a vote of 94-59, they inserted a “not” in Clements’ proposal, making it a dead-letter. Then, apparently, they passed a ballot measure (to be voted on next month) that will petition the state government to make land seizure more rare.

Clements, of course, isn’t done with his publicity campaign.

Clements says altering the article to essentially negate its purpose is unethical and unconstitutional. He says the selectmen misled the voters at the meeting by saying the article was illegal and could spark a lawsuit . . . Clements said he was considering filing a lawsuit.

And so this terrific use of taxpayer time will continue.

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