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December 8th, 2007 No comments

Takings for “Public Purposes. (recycled) Kau v. City & County. A reader sent me the depressing court opinion, Kau v. City & County, No. 23674 (Haw. Sup. Ct. June 22, 2004), which reiterates the Hawaiian judicial precedent that the government can seize your property, if it pays the market price, and give it to someone else who wants it and has more political power, even if there is no public purpose involved. It is even worse than I’d thought, because the *supposed* public purpose is to reduce land prices– that is, pure redistribution, to hurt landowners and benefit other people.

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