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Daily Fluff: Cats claim flower pot by eminent domain

A legal expert disagrees, calling this a simple case of squatting.


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Posted on Apr 17, 2013   Updated on Jun 1, 2021, 6:19 pm CDT

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Two cats have laid claim to the flower pot on the front porch, claiming that the constitution construct of eminent domain allows them legal right to seize the property.

“No. Definitely not,” said legal scholar Heidi Schiller, when asked if there was any legal merit to the cats’ position. “That’s not how eminent domain works. First of all, when you seize property in this way, you have to pay fair market value. It’s my understanding that the cats are just squatting and no transaction has taken place.

“Second, the land then has to be put to public use. I’ve seen no plans from these cats that indicate they intend to use the flower pot for anything other than napping. I fail to see how that benefits the public.

“Finally, and most importantly, eminent domain only applies to the government. So, no, this is totally illegal.”

It’s expected that the cats will be forced to vacate the flower pot by tomorrow, if they haven’t gotten bored and left on their own by then.

Via cassbsass.


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*First Published: Apr 17, 2013, 10:45 am CDT