Souter’s House Targeted

New Hampshire businessman Logan Darrow Clements has filed papers seeking to use the newly-defined eminent domain law to seize Justice David Souter’s house and replace it with a hotel.

The proposed development, called “The Lost Liberty Hotel” will feature the “Just Desserts Café” and include a museum, open to the public, featuring a permanent exhibit on the loss of freedom in America. Instead of a Gideon’s Bible each guest will receive a free copy of Ayn Rand’s novel “Atlas Shrugged.”

Clements indicated that the hotel must be built on this particular piece of land because it is a unique site being the home of someone largely responsible for destroying property rights for all Americans.

“This is not a prank” said Clements, “The Towne of Weare has five people on the Board of Selectmen. If three of them vote to use the power of eminent domain to take this land from Mr. Souter we can begin our hotel development.”

The entire press release can be found here


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  1. Wine-aholic says:

    I cannot wait to propose the seizure of a fancy Foxhill mansion in DC to build a Denny’s. I don’t know who said this ruling was bad for the common man, but whoever it was didn’t know how to have fun!

  2. Marvelous exploitation of the Law of Unintended Consequences. It makes me proud to be an olf-fashioned New Englander.

  3. NJ voter says:

    Man, why stop with Souter? Let’s take the houses of more world-government types!


  4. Supreme Court Just Desserts?

    This just in from Michael, evidently Justice David H. Souter may feel the fallout of his own Supreme Court opinion.

    I like it.

    Update: OTB has picked up the story.

  5. Ironical: Taking Souter’s House for Hotel

    How about a newSome things are so obviously funny that they need no commentary. Check out this press release that Drudge is linking to and which Leopold Stotch e-mailed me about:On Monday June 27, Logan Darrow Clements, faxed a request…

  6. Physics Geek says:

    Cue evil laughter

    Heh. Ha ha. BUAHAHAHAHAHA! Is it wrong that I hope this story is absolutely true?…

  7. Just Deserts Cafe

    As they say, heh: New Hampshire businessman Logan Darrow Clements has filed papers seeking to use the newly-defined eminent domain law to seize Justice David Souter’s house and replace it with a hotel….

  8. […]  


    The “Just Desserts” Hotel Oh, you gotta love this.



    Comme […]

  9. Roger says:

    Yes folks, there is justice in the world. Pun intended.

    I can just imagine in the future: “That’s right kids, I was born here.” “But Dad, this is the music section in Walmart.” “That’s right, Sweetie.”

  10. […] om Mr. Souter we can begin our hotel development.” Ha! This is wonderful! Kudos to Outside The Beltway, where I read this story first. By: jim | 2005/06/28 | Gov’t &#03 […]

  11. I saw this really hillarious comment on one of the blogs: “Visit our store where your neighbor used to be”

  12. SCOTUS says:

    Time to start taking the homes of all the bad liberals. Ted (hic-up) Kennedy, John sKerry, Hillary and Bill…wow the list could go on…

    I propose we replace them with “sack and suds” convience stores…afterall…there’s lot’s of money to be made on the “sin taxes”!!! 🙂

  13. […] ually responsible for abuses of eminent domain. Leave the poor justices alone. (link via James Joyner)

    Bag and Board it! |

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  14. Mike says:

    Justice Souter to be hung by his own robe. Nothing like foiling the pinheadedness of the power elite and doing it with their own set of rules approved by their own hand. Souter issued himself the kill shot. He wins the Constitutional Darwinism Award.

  15. Myopic Zeal says:

    Justice David Souter’s House to be Taken?

    This story is thick with wonderful irony. What a brilliant plan.
    Could a hotel be built on the land owned by Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter? A new ruling by the Supreme Court which was supported by Justice Souter himself itself might allow it…

  16. mike k says:

    I have to say that this news has brought a big smile to my face. Any idea how the process works as far as what it takes to condemn his his property? Simple majority plus what? What is the appeals process like. Wow, would I like to see him have to jump through the hoops to stop this.

    It is really scary knowing that a city council has such power – esp. if you live in a place like Richmond where the biggest business for the courts is the crimes (bribery/corruption) of the city council members over the years.

  17. The Lost Liberty Hotel

    From Freestar Media: On Monday June 27, Logan Darrow Clements, faxed a request to Chip Meany the code enforcement officer…

  18. Lyle Jenkins says:

    Here is a copy of an email I sent to the Selectmen in Weare earlier today:

    Board of Selectmen
    Weare, New Hampshire

    Dear Selectmen:

    My wife and I would like to book a suite in the “Lost Liberty Hotel” on the former farm of Chief Justice Souter for opening night.

    If still available, we would like to stay in the “Justice Souter Be Careful What You Wish for Suite” on the top floor.

    If that should be already booked, then please give us a suite with a balcony overlooking the splendid views of the former Souter property.

    Also please reserve dinner for us at the “Just Desserts Café.”

    Let us know which credit cards you accept. We would like to do our part in bringing economic prosperity to your town.

    Looking forward to getting out of the city,

    Lyle Jenkins
    103 River St., #3
    Cambridge, MA 02139

  19. Supreme Ct Justice May Lose Home to Developers

    One of the Justices that voted for the city’s right to claim someone’s private property in order to increase the tax base may lose his home to a developer wanting to build the Lost Liberty Hotel on his property.
    Here is the complete story…

  20. midnirdr says: