Confirming that the U.S. Supreme Court’s Kelo decision remains a controversial decision, George Will mentioned it Sunday on ABC’s This Week. Will is a regular member of the This Week political roundtable. One topic on Sunday was the opening on the Supreme Court created by the retirement of Justice Soutor. Will stated:
"Now conservatives are saying we don’t want activist judges, we want judges who will defer to the political branches of government. The problem is the worst case since Dred Scott arguably was deferring to Franklin Roosevelt as a wartime leader in interning 110,000 Japanese-American citizens. The case that offends most conservatives recently came out of New London, Connecticut, wherein the democratically elected City Council using its eminent domain power took property away from people, gave it to businesses because they would pay higher taxes and that was deference again. What the conservatives really wanted in both cases was more activism."
Whether you agree or disagree with Will’s opinion, it is clear that Kelo, decided in 2006, remains a very controversial decision.