In his 2005 concurrence in the eminent domain case Kelo v.
City of New London, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy
argued that while the local officials in Connecticut did possess
he lawful authority to seize private property and then hand it
over to a private developer for purposes of so-called economic
revitalization, the government could not simply wield this power
any time it wanted on behalf of its politically-connected friends.
Eminent domain abuse has fallen considerably since its high-water mark in 2005 when, in Kelo v. New London, the Supreme Court ruled that local officials can condemn property on the basis that there may be an alternate use for it tha...
The latest issue of The Weekly Standard describes the Supreme Court’s 2005 eminent domain ruling in Kelo v. City of New London as “a tragedy with all the classical Greek elements: hubris, turn of fortune, cathartic downfall, and pos...
In 2005 the U.S. Supreme Court issued its notorious ruling in Kelo v. City of New London. At issue was New London, Connecticut’s desire to use eminent domain to clear way an existing neighborhood and put up a fancy new hotel, apartm...